Architecture since 3.11

November 7, 2015, to January 31, 2016

ITO Toyo + INUI Kumiko + FUJIMOTO Sou + HIRATA Akihisa + HATAKEYAMA Naoya, “Home-for-All” in Rikuzentakata Photo: HATAKEYAMA Naoya

“Architecture since 3.11” exhibition is on at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito from Saturday, November 7, 2015 to Sunday, January 31, 2016.
The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 has brought a big change in the consciousness of both architects and architectural circles. The overwhelming destructive power of tsunami made them realize that they were faced with problems that could not be solved through strengthening buildings alone, and at the same time, how important it is to make software-oriented approaches in view of human ties and people’s relations with the community. Furthermore, the nuclear accident, which became an unprecedented disaster, has raised their consciousness of energy problems as well as awareness of crisis, and plans giving special consideration in terms of environment and energy are required more urgently than ever. From a macroscopic point of view, since the birthrate declines and the population ages with oversupplied housing and public facilities, how architects will play their parts depicting the future is regarded important in both critical and expectant views.
This exhibition which introduces how participating architects of 21 units are dealing with the said social change in their own approaches and methods is a traveling exhibition of “Architecture since 3.11” held at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa from November 1, 2014 to May 10, 2015. At Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, the exhibition has been updated adding some exhibits localized to Mito, a disaster-stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake and also those which show the development of some participating architects’ projects since the exhibition at Kanazawa.

ArchiAid-Relief and Recovery by Architects for Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami c ArchiAid

INUI Kumiko, Nobeoka Station Area Improvement Scheme

BUS, Engawa Office Photo: TAJIRI Teruhisa (『EMAC』 Vol.2)

OKA Keisuke, Arimasutonbiru Photo: TAKANO Ryudai

Haryu Wood Studio, Panels of vertical log construction method Photo: FUJITSUKA Mitsumasa



Architecture since 3.11


Contemporary Art Gallery




9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)


On Mondays (except November 23, January 11, public holiday), November 24, January 12 and New Year holidays (December 27, 2015-January 4, 2016)


800yen/600yen for advance booking and group of more than 20 people

Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation

Sponsored by

Ibaraki Prefectural Government


Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Ibaraki Society of Architects & Building Engineers, Ibaraki Association of Architectural Firms, Ibaraki Association of Construction Industry, Mito City construction industry cooperative society

Guest Curators


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Related program

“After ‘Architecture since 3.11’”

November 23 (Mon.), 2015, to November 23 (Mon.), 2015

Venue: Conference Hall, Art Tower Mito
Capacity: 80 (first-come-first-served)
Admission: Free


Related program
NISHIMURA Hiroshi Lecture & workshop

“Renovation of exhibition rooms with grass”

December 5 (Sat.), 2015

Dates: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 14:00- 16:00
Venue: Workshop, Gallery 8, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Capacity: 40 (reservation required)
Admission: Included in museum entry fee
*For reservation, call Contemporary Art Center at 029-227-8120 or email to


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