Craftsman, Architect, Humanist: Seiichi Shirai, Revisited
Source: artscape International
An interview with Terrace House’s Yuto Handa about his life post-reality TV.
Zenjidou Yamada’s illustrations capture everyday situations in classic Japanese woodblock print style.
“Our team looks for continuities. We do not try to battle ideas, instead believing at anywhere in the world, and at any time in history, it is possible to find continuity. Battles between history and current times are not good for creation or progress. In other words, old and new are part of a continuum. New creations always come out of continuity, out of an attitude of trying to find peace. It is not about copying the past, but about finding new ways forward while understanding past values. This is distinct from modernism, which stands in opposition to history for the most part—finding a battle with the past. This is also different from postmodernism, which simply quoted existing pieces and reassigned meaning, but was ultimately not a way forward. History and progress do not need to be mutually exclusive. It is always possible to find new things even within older principles.” -Kengo Kuma
The town of Iiyama is located in Nagano prefecture, whose Japan Railway station lies on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, which started its service in 2015. The project is a cultural complex of two halls and a community center, and we connected the spaces with an interiorized passage which we call Nakamichi.