Salon Talk: 1: On the Everyday
The S AM’s winter exhibition, ‘Make Do With Now: New Directions in Japanese Architecture’ (12 November 2022 – 12 March 2023) shines a light on a younger, lesser-known generation of Japanese architects and urban practitioners who are developing a range of critical, ecological, and social practices that creatively ‘make do’ – with limited resources, with found materials, with existing spaces – while seeking appropriate responses to the urgent problems of the present. To coincide with the exhibition, the S AM is collaborating with LINA, the European architecture platform, to organize a series of informal talk events bringing protagonists from this burgeoning scene into dialogue with practitioners from the European context. Each event, which will take place in the workspace of a young practice based in Basel, brings together three practitioners working on similar themes in different locations: one from Japan, one the EU, and one from Switzerland. Short presentations of their work will be followed by an open-format discussion in which members of the audience are actively encouraged to take part.
The first event in this series focuses on the ‘Everyday’. Against a backdrop of increasingly globalized and homogenized building activity, the seemingly banal landscapes of the everyday have taken on a new significance as inspiration and field of intervention for a design practice that is based in a careful engagement with specific places and the people that live in them.
How does one interpret and evaluate the unspectacular scenery and situations of the everyday, and what tools are available to facilitate this process? What does it mean to design with the everyday life of a space beyond its completion in mind? And how might the everyday inspire a new form of aesthetics and ethics in architecture?
These are some of the topics we are looking forward to discussing with our guests, who have been developing different approaches towards the quotidian in their work.
Salon Talk with young architects from Japan and Europe
Rui Itasaka, architect, RUI Architects, Tokyo
Jonathan Steiger, artist, Amsterdam
Kai Zipse and Christian Weyell, architects, Weyell Zipse Architekten, Basel
Moderated by Yuma Shinohara, S AM
This event is developed in collaboration with LINA, and co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
Special thanks to Weyell Zipse Architekten for agreeing to host this event.
Venue: Ostquai, Hafenstrasse 25, 4057 Basel
The event will be followed by a reception.
Photo: © Go Itami