In Japan, which is facing all the problems of a shrinking society ahead of the rest of the world, our laboratory explores new possibilities through multifaceted research, investigation, analysis, and visualization of how architecture in its broadest sense and the architectural thinking that supports it should play a role in future society, cities, and living spaces. In particular, he sees local and global issues in parallel, and through overseas research, international workshops, and practical design, he tries to cultivate an international perspective and knowledge, which he reflects in his research on information and spatial design.
Born in Osaka in 1980. Moved to Saitama at the age of three. Graduated from the Chuo University Faculty of Science and Engineering. After working as a programmer, a bandman, an employee at a photo studio, and an assistant to photographer Meisa Fujishiro, Asaoka went independent. In 2015, started a series “Uta wa dokoda” in Switch magazine with Keitaney-Love Kojima and Yutaka Ito. In 2016, published a photo book it’s a cry run. In 2020, he co-published Kakan nichijō, with poems by Kiwao Nomura and music by Keitaney-Love Kojima, through Hakusuisha. He has photographed covers for the Japanese edition of Frédéric Lenoir’s Le miracle Spinoza (translated by Yoko Tajima, Poplar Publishing) and Yusuke Norishiro’s Saikō no ninmu (Kodansha).
Musician and translator
Born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka in 1980. As a singer-songwriter, he has written songs for “NHK Minna no Uta” show including “Mōfu no hi.” He is the author of Kochira, nigate resukyu QQQ! (illustrated by Yosuke Kinoshita), Kakan nichijō (with poetry by Kiwao Nomura, photography by Eisuke Asaoka, music by Keitaney-Love Kojima, published by Hakusuisha); him translation work includes Chugoku/Amerika Nazo SF, co-edited with Motoyuki Shibata (published by Hakusuisha). After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he began dramatic reading tours of Night on the Galactic Railroad (with Hideo Furukawa, Keijiro Suga, Motoyuki Shibata) and he continues to perform across the country with a focus in the Tohoku region. In a unit called “ponto” with Wen Yuju, Kojima is also actively making artworks and performances.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1980. In 2011, she published her first novella Raifuku no ie (Shueisha, later Hakusui U Books). In 2013, she formed a unit called “ponto” with musician Keitaney-Love Kojima for their collaborative work featuring reading and musical performances. Her work includes Taiwan umare Nihongo sodachi (published by Hakusui U Books), Kūkōjikō (published by Kawade Shobō Shinsha), Kokugo kara tabidatte (published by Shinyōsha), and correspondence with Yusuke Kimura compiled in Watashi to anata no aida—Ima, kono kuni de ikirutoiukoto (published by Akashi Shoten).
After completing a graduate degree in architecture at Waseda University, she worked as an assistant to a creative director, in a design office, and in public relations at the National Museum of Art before becoming a freelance editor, writer, planner, and publicist in 2015. She has been working mainly in the fields of art and architecture, editing websites and books, and managing projects. Shibahara is a licensed first-class architect.
Painter and writer
Painter and writer. Born in Tokyo in 1988. Seo creates images and texts inspired by the records of words and landscapes of the local people. In 2012, she moved to Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture with videographer Haruka Komori to conduct workshops and production. In Sendai in 2015, she established NOOK, a foundation that is committed to recordkeeping in collaboration with local communities.
Research, Architectural design
Architect. Associate professor at Waseda University. After graduating from Waseda University and Harvard University Graduate School, he worked at the Rotterdam office of OMA/AMO led by Rem Koolhaas from 2005 to 2012, where he participated in major projects. He has worked on large-scale architecture and urban planning projects in the Middle East and North Africa, and in 2014 he designed the exhibition for the Japanese Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale.