Islands and Villages | Atelier Bow-Wow in Momonoura

In Japan, architects are looking beyond the city in order to reinvent their practice. In this documentary series, Kayoko Ota visits some of the rural sites where this experimentation is taking place, interviewing practitioners to understand how this posturban turn might help articulate a new architecture for today.
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Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima) work with an expanded practice of architecture that integrates historical analysis and ethnography with building design and construction. Recently, they have been applying this methodology to help revive the small fishing village of Momonoura, which was devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In this video, Tsukamoto and Kaijima talk about how their research in the village has provided them with a new model for engaging with the city back home, and how their experience running a fishermen’s school has shifted their perception of the agency one has as an architect.

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