Design Open Mic: Hiroto Kobayashi on KMDW and Resilient Rebuilding

Design Open Mic: Hiroto Kobayashi on KMDW and Resilient Rebuilding

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 06, 2013
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Wednesday, April 24, noon: Hiroto Kobayashi talks about Kobayashi Maki Design Studio, and some of their recent work in Japan and Myanmar.

Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop is a design firm based in Tokyo whose work ranges from furniture and interiors to large-scale urban interventions, and takes designers Hiroto Kobayashi and Naomi Maki all over the world: China, Indonesia, Palau, and Peru, to name a few.

Kobayashi spoke recently at one of HQs’ Wednesday Design Open Mics, tying in some of his work (including the Maeami-hama Community House) with the general concept of recyclable, resilient, and responsive redesign of space.

Kobayashi spoke about four projects his firm has recently worked on, and their relation to design, community, contemporary social issues in Japan, and rebuilding after the devastating tsunami in 2011. His work has led to collaborations with students (the Veneer House Project), fishermen (the Maeami-Hama Community Center), and even a remote village in Myanmar.

Images courtesy of Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop.

Residents relaxing in the Day Care Center for Elders. Skip to this project in the video here.

Happy students and Hiroto Kobayashi (bottom center) smile after the completion of the Veneer House. See Kobayashi discuss this project here.

Local fisherman assist in the construction of the Maeami-hama Community Center. To jump to this part in the video, click here.

Kids relax in their new school building during construction. To see just this project in the video, click here.

Myanmar villagers in their newly completed school – and KMDW's "Veneer House III."