Dreams of great Japanese architects
The Japan Foundation is organizing the last event in 2015; where it’s holding its grand exhibition “Struggling cities: from Japanese urban projects in the 1960s” at the gezira art centre.
in japan, the era of the 1960s of the past century was a period of dreams and visions for the future society; as everyone believed in the possibility of progress and development in all fields, especially when the Japanese society managed to overcome the economic crisis after the World War II.
— from architectural scale models to photographs and slides, along with animations and other audio-visuals — the exhibition examines various circumstances of Japanese and other cities up to the present day, and identifies in particular the distinctive aspects of those circumstances as they are manifested in present-day Tokyo.
We hope that visitors to the exhibition will gain from the exhibition a sense of the connections.
The exhibition presents – through diverse media – experiments in urban planning from that time, including the conflicts arose between the concepts and values of architects (or engineers’ groups) who presented the most appropriate designs and solutions for cities on one hand, and the views and opinions of countless numbers of anonymous people inhabited those cities on the other hand (sometimes, those views had historical backgrounds).
In addition to what visitors will recognize in the exhibition – as the conflicts between ideas about the evolution of cities and architecture – we will also present in the library, an exhibition for photos and plans of the most famous Japanese architects, who added a lot to the urban architecture in the sixties, and they still have their influence on architecture up till our present time. So this exhibition would be a glimpse on the dreams and aspirations of the greatest architects.
Those architects – some of them passed away -are famed by their architects, profound bestowal in and out of Japan, where they designed buildings that have become international landmarks that are known to everyone all over the world.
There is no doubt that architecture is part of the engineering sciences, but it is also a part of the fine arts such painting and sculpture. As the writer plots the main line for a novel or story, the architect as well, foresees a futuristic vision for any building designed, as the scriptwriter.