Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
Architecture After 3.11
The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture
Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
Visionary architect and 2013 Pritzker Prize Laureate Toyo Ito has been working on various public and private projects in Japan as well as internationally since the founding of his own office in 1971, Urban Robot (URBOT), which was renamed Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects in 1979. Since the completion of Sendai Mediatheque (2001), one of his most acclaimed works that has influenced younger generations of architects worldwide, Ito has explored architecture of the 21st century that goes beyond modernism’s purity and machine analogy, transforming organic geometries into life forms that reflect nature. In his lecture, Ito will discuss Home-for-All, communal spaces that were built for the towns washed away by the March 11, 2011, tsunami in Japan. Ito will reflect on how these spaces reveal the fundamental problems that exist within modernist architecture and how architecture should take form in the 21st century. Many of his completed projects have been awarded national and international honors. He received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the 8th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2002 and the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006, as well as this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Work from Toyo Ito will be featured in the News From Nowhere exhibition at the Sullivan Galleries.
This lecture is jointly supported by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Visiting Artists Program; Department of Exhibitions and Exhibitions Studies; William H. Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; the Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture endowment of the Architecture & Design Society at the Art Institute of Chicago; and AIA Chicago. The Architecture & Design Society gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of Park Hyatt Chicago. Additional support is provided by the National Building Museum.
Public Forum: A Conversation on Beauty
Tuesday, October 15, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Changing the world is about changing perception, creating a new awareness, and cultivating a different state of consciousness. Bringing together major international artists and architects, this forum will address the place of aesthetics in creating a positive, new future, illuminating how these practitioners understand beauty as a tool for designing the new world. The forum will feature: Toyo Ito, 2013 Pritzker Prize–winning architect; Yusaku Imamura, director of Tokyo Wonder Site; SAIC alumnus and artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989); and artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho.
Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects website
"Architectural Iconoclast Wins the Pritzker Prize," New York Times
"Interview: Toyo Ito," Architectural Review interview
"Toyo Ito's Pritzker Win," New Yorker
"Architecture in the Wake of Disaster: Japan Pavilion for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale," Designboom
"The Building After: Julian Rose Talks with Toyo Ito," Artforum Artforum [PDF]
Audio Podcast [MP3]