12.11.2022 - 12.03.2023

Make Do With Now: New Directions in Japanese Architecture

‘Make Do With Now’ sheds light on an emerging generation of architects and urban practitioners in Japan. Largely entering professional practicefollowing the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear di-saster, this generation is developing a range of critical, ecological, and social approaches that creatively ‘make do’ – with limited resources, found  materials, and existing spaces – while seeking appropriate responses to the urgent problems of the present. Turning their backs on the traditional  image of the architect-author, these practitioners are articulating a new architectural agency in working from the periphery, exploiting gaps in the system, and occupying new roles in the process that have previously been overlooked. Through newly commissioned photographs, films, and a wide range of models, the exhibition provides a multifaceted portrait of this generation and suggests new understandings of what architecture can be – and do.

Participating architects:
403architecture [dajiba]CHArdot architectsGROUPMasaaki Iwamoto / ICADAIshimura + NeichiKengo Satō / Korogaro Association, Lunch! ArchitectsMurayama + Kato Architecture / mtkaMaki Yoshimura / MYAONorihisa Kawashima / Nori ArchitectsFuminori Nousaku ArchitectsJumpei Nousaku Architects, Shun Takagi / Root A, Rui Itasaka / RUI ArchitectsSSKStudio GROSSKeigo Kawai / TABChie Konno / t e c otomito architectureTsubame ArchitectsMio TsuneyamaShigenori UoyaVUILDSuzuko Yamada

Curator: Yuma Shinohara
Films: Studio GROSS 
Photography: Go Itami
Scenography: Yusuke Seki
Exhibition Graphic Design: 75W / Tilmann S. Wendelstein

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue including detailed documenta-tion of the featured projects as well as essays by established and emerging experts on contemporary architecture in Japan:
S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, Yuma Shinohara, Andreas Ruby (HG. / EDS.): ‘Make Do With Now: New Directions In Japanese Architecture’. Christoph Merian Verlag, ISBN 978-3-85616-977-0, 320 pages, English, CHF 39.–

Photos: Tom Bisig

Exhibition flyer: here
Accompanying Program: here

The exhibition ‘Make Do With Now:
New Directions in Japanese Architecture​’
is supported by:

Exhibition Partner:
Schweizerisch-Japanische Gesellschaft

Partner Event Program:
LINA, the European architecture platform
Creative-Europe-Programm der Europäischen Union


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