But cities have lost their regional distinctions and historic heritage, burying their unique character indistinguishable skyscrapers and block construction. Today life, tailored to the same patterns, is losing touch with nature, and trying to make people as identical as the cities they live in. It is essential that we challenge the validity (of modern reality), offering an architecture more open to nature, freeing people’s lives from following a set pattern, and making the city alive.
This is what lecture of Toyo Ito was about. Toyo Ito is a Japanese architect, 2013 Pritzker Prize winner, and curator of the first-prize winning Japanese pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale, He achieved global name after his multifunctional, interactive Mediatheque building in Sendai, survived a force-9 earthquake in 2011. Now Ito is one of the authors of Japan’s national program to create community centres and accommodation for the victims of the 2011 earthquake.