Models Talk: CCA c/o Tokyo video series

Models Talk is a new three-part video series that the CCA produced together with architectural curator and editor Kayoko Ota (Tokyo) and Studio GROSS (Tokyo and Berlin), as part of our CCA c/o Tokyo program.

Socially engaged approaches in architecture, including participatory design, reprogramming, and minimum intervention, are increasingly common—but can often yield predictable results. This series of videos focuses instead on works that challenge convention in order to address current urban issues, and uses the particularities of film as a format to convey the ideas defining these works. In each video one architect leads the viewer through a model that acts as a guide by way of the problems, concepts, and inventive propositions that underlie the work. 

Motivated by the desire to illustrate architectural concepts and make them more easily accessible, Models Talk gives a platform to three architects working through contemporary challenges to express their proposals.

In Recipe for Mixed Rice (10 minutes), the viewer is dropped first with Kumiko Inui on a train through Nobeoka, then through her approach to designing for its train station: an inclusive workshop that asks how space can be “freed up, not filled.” Kazuko Akamatsu reveals a similarly generous exercise in urban redevelopment in A Matter of Void (9 minutes). “Because [Shibuya is] such a dynamic place, I thought it would be more appropriate to create an environment where people can feel they’re in the middle of this constantly moving city.” Erika Nakagawa, then, conceives of any new project as “an addition to its surrounding environment” in A Neighbourhood in A House (13 minutes). The series reveals a shared empathy in how these contemporary practitioners approach design questions and the role of documentary film as an intimate vehicle behind-the-scenes of these processes.

All 3 Films here on Dezeen

 

Studio GROSS / スタジオグロス 建築事務所・ギャラリー Office/Gallery
Architecture, Curation, Design, Film making, Illustration, Photography

5-14-13 Higashiogu, Arakawa-Ku, 116-0012 Tokyo, Japan
116-0012 東京都荒川区東尾久 5-14-13

anne@studio-gross.de + sebastian@studio-gross.de

Understanding Urban Consequences
2019 City Walk Tokyo with Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tokyo
2019 Interview with DAAD – German
2019 City Walk Tokyo with the Building Committee of the German Federal Parliament, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tokyo
2019 Won Tokyo Start-Up Challenge, supported by Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund for Research and Innovation
2019 Won Merit Prize, The 46th Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition ‚自然の上に暮らす‘
2019 Finalist Transfer Architecture Video Awards, Zurich, Switzerland – with 「Yoshino Cedar House」  
2019 Video Series Production and Direction for the Canadian Center for Architecture with c/o Tokyo, Kayoko Ota
2020 Published in Shinkenchiku 新建築 2020年1月号 
2020 Collaborating Supervisors at EVER AFTER Workshop, Tokyo University of the Arts (PIA lab + Ishinomaki Laboratory) + Exhibition at DesignArt Tokyo 2020
2020 Exhibition and Talk Event at OGU MAG Gallery, Tokyo 「クリーニングデイ=モノと対話する日」
2020 Exhibition of Finalists Transfer Video Award 2019, ‚Ville, Architecture, Payasage au cinéma‘ MCBA, Lausanne, Switzerland
2020 Guest Lecture at IUBH International University of Applied Sciences, Hannover, Germany
2021 Guest Lecture at Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany
2021 Finished Koizumi Building 「小泉ビル」Facade Renovation, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Finished OGUMAG + Renovation Project with a Gallery, Cafe, Atelier and Residence
2021 Lecturer for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Scrivener Association 「空き家の利活用セミナー」
2021 Lecturer at Goethe-Institut Tokio + City Walk
2021 Guest Lecture at University of Tsukuba, World Heritage Studies, 「Global Learning: Heritage, Creativity and Art」
2021 Exhibition and Talk Event at OGU MAG Gallery, Tokyo 「OGU MAG+ みんなの活動 6/17(木)-6/27(日)」
2021 Published OGU MAG in 商店建築10月号 
2021 Co-Teaching at HTWK Leipzig, Entwerfen + Baukonstruktion, Prof. Anthusa Löffler, Bachelor Design Studio – Tokyo
2021 Shortlisted at the Transfer Architecture Video Award, Zurich, Switzerland – with 「A Story of A House」
2021 Video screening premiere of 「A Story of A House」at OGU Farm

Curated Exhibitions and Studio Events
2019 SEP 「Opening Studio GROSS」 with Irene Yamaguchi
2019 OCT 「Residential + Studio Building Berlin」 ifau + Heide & von Beckerath, PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew Alberts
2019 NOV 「One footstep, touching the ground」 Guillaume Barborini, Co-Curated by Masamichi Tamura (artport/ Echangeur22)
2019 DEC 「忘年会」Neighbourhood Event
2020 JUL  「Life PaintingーAndrea Terceros」+ 「domestic island」with Andrea Terceros, Eirdis, DJ: Lucia Filippini, Aske Albertus, IG live with Tokyo Weekender
2020 AUG 「Chuhwui Pop-Up Shop」Local Jewelleries
2020 AUG 「警戒: Don’t Come Outside」Aquiles Hadjis
2021 FEB 「MINERAL」Shiho Morisugi, Photo Shooting for a young local children’s fashion label
2021 MAR「MINERAL」Shiho Morisugi, Photo Shooting for a young local children’s fashion label
2021 MAY 「On life and intimacy」 Guillem Ayora
2021 AUG 「Obaachan no kami」Chloe Paré & Theodor Maier
2021 OCT 「Art Sale」Ousmane Bâ
2021 OCT 「Halloween Party」Kizuna