Olivia Mull covers MoMA’s new exhibition on Japanese architecture, “A Japanese Constellation”, for Dezeen. She interviews Pedro Gadanho, the exhibition’s curator, gathering his thoughts on Japanese architecture in contrast with what's known as “starchitecture”, the architecture produced by the field’s more famous architects like Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry.
"The exhibition's curator Pedro Gadanho told Dezeen that this group were unlike other famous architects working today, who "find a formal or stylistic recipe and just keep repeating it any new situation, and therefore exhaust a certain creative input". "
I follow architecture very, very loosely, but anything that pops up in mainstream news regarding architecture oftentimes regards starchitecture (and is oftentimes controversial). Gadanho summed up my impression of starchitecture nicely - applying the same thing to different environments is antithetic to the role architecture should probably be having in society.
"MoMA originally approached Ito with the idea of staging a solo show, but the architect said that in order to understand his architecture, it was important to see the work of all the other architects that had influenced him and who had been influenced by him."
Read on for Gadanho’s overviews of the exhibition’s pieces. They highlight what I find fascinating about Japanese architecture: the creativity that spawns from space constraints.
Further reading: Here’s a divisive piece I did on Frank Gehry a year and a half ago. Oddly enough, I still stand by a lot of it.