Hitoshi Abe describes his interest in designing informality: places that accomodate multiple functions flexibly and encourage individual, physical responses. He argues that this non-specific, non-coercive informal architecture is often realized in corridors, and uses this theme to review his own work, from the Miyagi Stadium (2000), to the renovation of the 3M headquarters in Minnesota (2013).
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Hitoshi Abe talks with Eric Owen Moss about his SCI-Arc Gallery installation, characterizing it as a 1:7 scale model of a proposed roof covering the Isamu Noguchi plaza at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo. It derives from atmospheric conditions above the plaza, and is “lens shaped” in the sense of lenticular clouds. Topics include the difference between a model and an installation, Metabolism, reflective surfaces, and modifying existing structures.
Anthony Vidler moderates a panel discussion with architects Hitoshi Abe, Peter Cook, Eric Own Moss, Thom Mayne, Peter Noever, and Wolf Prix. The panelist participated in a competition for a new campus for the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Vidler talks with the panelists about architectural dreams, language and perception, and the influence of location. Drawing a connection between Los Angeles and Vienna, Thom Mayne states that ideas and dialogue can make places, “placeless.”
Eric Owen Moss introduces Hitoshi Abe as an aspiring poet and an urbanist. Abe declares that he seeks an architecture that functions as an interface between human and environment, like a skateboard for a skateboarder. This video ends before Abe ends his lecture.