What does the future of humanity look like? 28 architects and artists from 14 countries came together to answer that question from both creative and practical standpoints for an exhibition entitled Architectural Environments for Tomorrow – New Spatial Practices in Architecture and Art. Displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), the exhibition included works by Toyo Ito and Frank Gehry.
Addressing the ways in which computerization and urbanization have changed our lifestyles and the forms of public space since the beginning of the 21st century, the architects and artists explored new ways to solve environmental and urban problems through experiments in spatial structure.
“Natural disasters, such as the 3.11 earthquake, or political and social unease always exist in some form or another throughout the world,” states MOT. “Against this backdrop, what kind of existence can architecture provide for the people?”
The centerpiece of the exhibition was a room-sized replica of SANAA’s recently completed Rolex Learning Center, an undulating elevated structure of concrete and glass on the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. Other notable installations include a room full of hanging convex lenses by Haruka Kojin, and The Golden Dome by AMID.cero9.