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Freeing Architecture

Let us think about architecture freely.
Expand your perspectives of architecture as flexibly and as broadly as possible, beyond the stereotypes of what architecture is considered to be.

The society that we live in is gradually changing, now accepting a diverse array of values. In such respect, it is becoming increasingly difficult for preconceived building types and functions to respond to our current circumstances.

As architects we need to listen carefully and humbly, to the voices of people who are in need of architecture. Perhaps for a moment we should set aside the generalities of archi-tecture such as common practices, categorization, and style, and begin to reconsider ar-chitecture from afresh - as if contemplating in a world where all concepts of architecture are absent.

Thinking about architecture freely, does not mean the creation of building forms that in-dulge in the self-expression of the architect. Rather, it is to think sincerely about the roles and conditions of architecture that are currently sought after and are in need.
To do so, one should perhaps begin by considering what it means to think freely, and whether or not architecture should incorporate past customs and conventional values. One should ask themselves, who architecture is for, whether it is for everyone or for a specific individual. Conceivably then, it is necessary to think of architecture’s constraints and allowances, of how it relates respectively to the past, present, and future, or its rela-tions to the masses and to the individual, and further its considerations of humans and all other aspects as notions of equal importance.

I hope to expect proposals that present new roles and conditions for architecture, that have never previously been imagined.

Junya Ishigami

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