Toyo Ito: Rethinking Architecture from Modernism
Toyo Ito & Associates | Home-for-All in Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan, 2012. Credit: Naoya Hatakeyama
Time & LocationJune 17, 7pm EDT
As part of The Architectural League of New York’s Current Work series, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito will present a lecture on his recent work in Japan and beyond.
Toyo Ito founded his Tokyo-based office in 1971. Among the firm’s main works in Japan are Sendai Mediatheque and Tama Art University Library, Hachioji Campus. His international projects include the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (UK), Torres Porta Fira (Spain), Museo Internacional del Barroco (Mexico), and National Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences (Taiwan).
Ito’s lecture will focus on rethinking what he describes as the “Modernist ideology” that has encouraged “the massive development of cities along with the global economic system.” Noting the recent “time-out” imposed by the Covid-19 virus, he asks, “Will the society that is metropolitan-oriented change? Or will we return to where we were?”
The lecture will be followed by a conversation and Q&A moderated by architect Toshiko Mori, founder of New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University GSD, and co-founder of VisionArc.
This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.