Architecture as a Vessel of Memories
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February 1st, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
architect, professor at Osaka City University
Katsuhiro Miyamoto was born in 1961 in Hyogo Prefecture, and studied and completed his master’s degree in 1987 at the University of Tokyo. Miyamoto established Atelier Cinquieme Architects in 1988, which reconfigured as Katsuhiro Miyamoto in 2002. Rooted in Hanshin (Osaka-Kobe) area, the Great Earthquake of the Hanshin in 1995 deeply impacted Miyamoto, as did the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in the Tohoku area of Northern Japan. Miyamoto took part in The Japan Foundation’s architectural exhibition How did Architects Respond Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake?, currently on display in Montreal. The
lecture will display Miyamoto’s unique proposals and designs for the reconstruction and commemoration of this unforgettable natural disaster.
Katsuhiro Miyamoto came to notice with the polemical rescue and alteration of his family home- condemned as totally destroyed after the 1995 Kobe earthquake-
as the “Zenkai House”. At the 1996 Venice Biennale, Miyamoto won a Golden Lion award for an installation of rubble from the quake-hit region deposited in the Japan Pavilion.
His recent work includes a priest’s quarters at the Chushin-ji temple in the Japan Alps; a monograph, Katsuhiro Miyamoto, appeared in 2012. He is Professor at Osaka City University. In the wake of the Great East Japan
Earthquake, which struck on March 11, 2011, Miyamoto quickly entered the disaster zone to assist the recovery operations. His resulting proposals include adding Japanese-style roofs over the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, thus reimagining it as a shrine- a project exhibited at the 2013 Aichi Triennial.