TOYO ITO / ARCHITECT / TOKYO


How can politics encourage creativity and innovation?
People usually favour designs from one of two opposite natures; one is conservative design, which includes customs of the past, while the other is future-oriented, superficially fashionable design. I think the most vital point in nurturing a spirit of innovation is to have a clearly defined “new lifestyle”. In the 21st century, it is essential to rethink the basics of the lifestyle built by modernism by taking a closer look at the coexistence of the natural environment and humans. The moment a clear solution is found for the theme, it will immediately pave the way to innovative designs.

What do you like best about Tokyo?
The characteristics of the city of Tokyo are speed, precision, diversity and dynamism. However, these essences are not always appreciated.

What should the world know about your work?
From my works, one can find few traces of modernist language. I wish for people to feel the Asian, Japanese or Buddhist spatial qualities that one can hardly find in modernist spaces. These kinds of sensuality cannot be found in drawings, photographs or texts, but can only be experienced when one visits the buildings themselves.

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