Sou Fujimoto, based in Tokyo is known for his “future primitive” structures that harmonize nature and built environments, creating new visions for interior environments. In 2016, his recent work “Mille Arbres” won the 1st prize for one of the 23 sites in the French competition, ‘réinventer. paris’, following the triumph in the Invited International Competition for the New Learning Center at Paris-Saclay’s Ecole Polytechnique in 2015 and in the International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellier and “Liget Budapest House of Hungarian Music” in 2014 when he was awarded “The Wall Street Journal Architecture Innovator Award”. In 2013 he became the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design the annual summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London. In 2012, he participated in the exhibition for the Japan Pavilion in the International Architecture Exhibition – “La Biennale di Venezia”, which was awarded “The Golden Lion for Best National Participation”.
This, Not That invites thought-provoking speakers to present arguments for their respective positions, or ideological stances, toward the design of the built environment. Their arguments will be supported by presentations of their creative efforts in research, pedagogy or professional practice. This series stages an ongoing debate around the shifting perspectives that frame creative practice.