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.

Little is more ubiquitous and mundane than dirt. And yet, earth accounts for a substantial amount of building construction today, however much it has fallen out of favor with the "developed world."

Annually, a conference in France challenges us to rethink earth construction. Members of RAI Studio in Tehran recently participated in the Festival of Earth Architecture (remember last year?), an event that looks at the planet from what seems like an archaic perspective, and sculpts inspiring shelters with an unassuming material.

Last week I had the honor of attending the Pritzker Prize reception in Boston, at the behest of the Prize recipient, Toyo Ito. It was a special night, and Mr. Ito's acceptance speech shared more than a few sentiments carried out in Architecture for Humanity's work.

Find out more about the evening and Mr. Ito's architectural philosophy below.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 03, 2013
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A lot of what we've been discussing on the Students Rebuild Japan blog this year lies somewhere between Recovery and Restoration of the Tohoku area. This month the City of Ishinomaki published the latest reports and plans for the region - spanning all the way to Year H32, and well into the third phase of post-disaster, Reconstruction.

Last week Hiromi and I sat down and leafed through about 70 pages of charts, numbers, maps and diagrams, big ideas, and bullet points, basking in Unfiltered Information. Well, at least I was excited. Excited to see Ishinomaki City's take on reconstruction as compared to the human-scale work I was more familiar with.