Monday 18th Mar 2019
2 – 3:30pm
Put on by Portland Japanese Garden
Sou Fujimoto’s architecture practice challenges convention by blurring boundaries between interior and exterior, structure and furniture, nature and architecture. His ideas are given voice not just in large-scale projects such as the White Tree multi-use tower in Montpellier, France, but also in playful projects like an installation evoking the feeling of walking through a forest of light, and a visual statement at the Chicago Biennale on "found architecture." Drawing inspiration from nature – he cites the forest landscape of his Hokkaido childhood as a formative influence – his interpretations on tradition and the relation of the built and natural environments skip effortlessly across centuries and national borders. In a striking visual presentation, Fujimoto will share the visionary philosophy and ideas behind some of his major projects and help us rethink tradition and the relation between the built and natural environments.