On March 2012, it marked one year since the great earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. This exhibition pretended to show the necessity and importance of reconsidering (RESET) the role of architecture in contemporary society and reflect on the relationship between the human beings and nature. They were presented in total 45 Japanese architecture projects, bringing together more than 100 architects from different generations.
The exhibition space was divided into 5 sections corresponding to different periods of time: they ranged from solutions that came up one month after the earthquake to projects that envision a new future. The material used in the design space was threads of different colours. We used 10km of threads to divide the room. A sequence of translucent screens allowed the natural light to filter (and for the existing spots to maximize their range) and directing visitors through the chronology of each space. An ephemeral intervention conceived by an extremely tight budget.
The solution to use the threads emerged as an economic solution but also as a tribute to the fishing area that has been affected and devastated by the tsunami. After the end of the exhibition, the threads were recycled and turned into small screens for candles that were used in the memorial ceremony of the tsunami, March 11th 2013 in Barcelona.
Curators, space design and production: Yoshihide Kobanawa, Kaoru Fujii, Francisco Spratley, Tiago Borges (Anywhere Door) Cooperators: CASA ASIA, Barcelona Architecture Center, Arquikids