'Parallel Japan' - Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006

time: 19.07.2011. - 06.08.2011.
place: NO Gallery - Museum of Contenporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
With the cooperation of the Japan Foundation, the Architectural Institute of Japan and Embassy of Japan in Croatia, the Museum of Contemporary Art is holding an exhibition that looks at more then hundred works of contemporary architecture while comparing them to the state of society. The exhibition will be on view from July 19 through August 6, 2011.

Exhibition shows how Japanese architecture has evolved from the the so-called 'bubble' period to the 'post bubble' period.

Architecture offers perhaps the most concrete index of a given country or region’s social circumstances and cultural maturity. Starting from dwellings, the most basic unit for human subsistence, then expanding to schools, hospitals and various other public facilities, to offices and shops, and even further to parks and plazas, architecture takes up an increasingly vast range of projects whose construction and use may be understood to relate to that town or region’s vision in social design. In order to clarify such relations between society and architecture, this Parallel Japan exhibition looks at buildings completed on Japanese soil over the last decade as well as at buildings realized by Japanese architects abroad. These years have seen structural changes in Japanese society in response to the shift from so-called 'Bubble' to 'Post-Bubble' economies; likewise, as policy making veered away from the twentieth-century expanding city toward a twenty-first century continuous-city model, the move has been to effectively draw upon whatever attributes of long-standing heritage to the pursuit of new directions in value creation.
Accordingly, these exhibitions intend to compare and showcase these various architectural efforts by means of four thematic sections: City, Life, Culture and Dwelling. In fact by contrasting architectural designs in relation to this cross-sectional view of the Japanese society, we get a more accurate picture of the seemingly disparate realities of Japanese architecture today; we come to a better grasp on the facts that have shaped such diverse and dynamic buildings, the conflux of background factors-real state and finance, cultural agendas and regional governance, technological developments and information systems- addressed by Japanese architects and engineers as they go about deftly transforming social programs. Architecture is a force that informs society through its focused accumulation ok knowledge.
(Source: Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb)

(D.H.F., 18.07.2011)