Exhibition Report : JA 86 “Next Generation - Manifestations of Architects Under 35”

JA86 Summer 2012 features projects by eighteen teams of under-35-years-old architects. In August, 2012, an exhibition was held to introduce the works of these young architects at Shibuya Hikarie. Architect Jun Aoki, who contributed the opening essay for the magazine, joined the group of architects to discuss the future of architecture in Japan at the opening event.

JA+U : Exhibition Report : JA 86 “Next Generation - Manifestations of Architects Under 35" ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Models and drawings by eighteen teams of architects were shown at the exhibition.

JA+U : Exhibition Report : JA 86 “Next Generation - Manifestations of Architects Under 35" ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Takashi Yonezawa / HAP+ – whose work “Secret Base in Kakuozan” was featured on JA+U earlier – presented the model of his “Kumon – Private School + …

JA+U : Exhibition Report : JA 86 “Next Generation - Manifestations of Architects Under 35" ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Naruse Inokuma Architects presented the model of “Share-house in Nagoya”. Their FabCafe – a cafe equipped with a laser cutter in Shibuya – and other works were featured in JA86.

JA+U : Exhibition Report : JA 86 “Next Generation - Manifestations of Architects Under 35" ©Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : Exhibition Report : JA 86 “Next Generation - Manifestations of Architects Under 35" ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Architectural unit, assistant, exhibited images of their works including House of 33 Years.

JA+U : Exhibition Report : JA 86 “Next Generation - Manifestations of Architects Under 35" ©Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : Exhibition Report : JA 86 “Next Generation - Manifestations of Architects Under 35" ©Shinkenchiku-sha

At the opening symposium, the young architects and Jun Aoki exchanged their thoughts on the role of architecture in Japan, especially after the 3.11 disaster. Young architects expressed their struggle and enjoyment to define their own “architecture” in the increasingly complex society. Mr. Aoki shared his views of the current situation as “soil-less” for young architects, and that they must create their own environment to grow in.

Here are more works featured in the magazine.

Memory Field by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects
Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h

Jun Aoki talks about the current “soil-less” environment for young architects:

Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo and ChuoArchi introduce their projects:

Videos: Produced by 8/TV

The next issue of JA (JA87 Autumn 2012) features 27 works by Kumiko Inui. Ms. Inui – along with Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and photographer Naoya Hatakeyama – designed “Home for All” which is on exhibition at Golden-Lion-awarded Japan Pavilion at Venice Biennale's Architecture Exhibition. The magazine will be available on our online shop on September 10th, 2012.