RIBA Exhibition Review

FullSizeRender 7When I first entered the room, it was like an empty space, no wonders there was an exhibition taken place. I quite like starting off this way, it made me feel like a hunting game. So, I curiously started to obverse every single display that might be linked to the exhibition.  It is worth noting that the wall is covered by cork, like the wine stopper. This kind of texture specialised the atmosphere in the room, increasing the sense of mystery.

FullSizeRender 9FullSizeRender 4Excluding the main exhibit, there are other things that I was inspired by which is the way he displayed the model. It offered us to have the observation with the outer layer, concrete and the fundamental structure of the whole house.  This is so inspirational and knowledgeable for my studies, I could consider this as one way of doing my model in the future, as in both study period or out in the society while working. I believe it can present my idea in a nice and clear way to my audience.


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These are all projects from different architects of how they rebuilt for communities. Left: Right: Women’s centre
Left: Architect Shigeru Ban designs modular shelters for Nepal earthquake victims (Frearson, 2015)

Right: Women’s centre designed by Yasmeen Lari. Incident happened in 2010 one-fifth of Pakistan was submerged by floods (Welch, 2016)

FullSizeRender 5However, what inspired me the most would be the work from Akihisa Hirata, Toyo Ito, Kumiko Inui and Sou Fujimoto. “Home-for-All” was built after the extensive consultation with many of the victims of the tõhoku disaster. (Ross, 2016)  The towns further inland are mostly completely swept away by the tsunami and the remaining buildings doesn’t seem any better due to the huge damage by the earthquake. I am more than appreciate those architects are willing to support this project, such a grateful to help the city and those victims. They consider in the suitability of the design rather than creating the normal thing. “Home for all” is a gathering place for people who lost their habitation. The design is open wide as to present the idea of  “home-ness” in regard to scale and the division of rooms, but it isn’t inhabited. (Hudson, 2013)

Although there are some people may think this project is not that essential and cooperative to the victims, this is exactly what they need! Habit cures habit. Solicitude, caring and feeling warm are what they should need after the disaster happened. A place for them to talk, share experiences, cheer up each other, being supportive and positive, all those factors will guide them into the next motivation. Let’s them have the belief of rebuilding their home. A positive healthy mind is far more important than anything else. Personally, I admit that the design is representative of what happened but at the same time release people’s stress and sadness. A very conducive design!

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Frearson, A. (2015) Shigeru Ban’s modular shelters for Nepal earthquake victims, Dezeen. Available at: http://www.dezeen.com/2015/08/14/shigeru-ban-designs-modular-shelters-for-nepal-earthquake-victims-disaster-relief/ (Accessed: 14 April 2016).

Hudson, D. (2013) a home for all in rikuzentakata, full scale prototype, designboom | architecture & design magazine. Available at: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/a-home-for-all-in-rikuzentakata-full-scale-prototype/ (Accessed: 14 April 2016).

Ross, J. (2016) Toyo Ito’s Home-for-All completes, DisegnoDaily. Available at: http://www.disegnodaily.com/article/toyo-ito-s-home-for-all-completes (Accessed: 14 April 2016).

Welch, A. and Lomholt, I. (2016) RIBA News, London – e-architect, e-architect. Available at: http://www.e-architect.co.uk/events/riba-news-london (Accessed: 13 April 2016).


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