Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Tadao ANDO - acting for Japan

Since the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Daishinsai (known as the Great Kobe Earthquake), the renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando has been a member of the Reconstruction Committee for redeveloping urban areas. He has actively canalised his energies into fund-raising activities, as he is today, writing about, talking about, and working on reviving the affected regions in the Great East Japan. 

Ikiteiku anata he, Ichioku nisenmannin tachiagaro
(To you who has survived, let’s stand up)
by Tadao Ando, in Asahi Shinbun Daily Newspaper, 20 March 2011, p.28

Fukko he kokoro wo hitotsu ni , Machi he no aijo  kuni wo ugokasu
(Love your city  Rebuild the country)
by Tadao Ando, in Watashi no rirekisho (My CV weekly column), Nihon Keizai Shinbun Daily Newspaper, 22 March 2011, p. 20

Tadao ANDO   11 May- 1 October 2011 events :

Each year Tadao Ando invites the public to a series of talks, university lectures and international conferences. This month’s events in Japan commence with the GANBARE NIPPON fund-raising charity event for the victims of the Tohoku catastrophe, which will be organised in Ando’s native Osaka, on 11 May 2011. 1400 tickets of 1000 yen each have been made available, and all the money raised will be donated. Ando's talks never fail to provide the public with good conversation, earnestness and joviality, and a delicious local Kansai dialect.

Brief schedule of the events:

11 May – Osaka 18.30-20.00 Hotel New Ohtani – GANBARE NIPPON charity talk
17 May – Osaka 18.00-19.00 Kansai University Senriyama Campus – public lecture
~22 May – Tokyo 12.00-18.30 GA Gallery Shibuya– GA House Project 2011 exhibition
27 May – Fukuoka 18.30~ JR Kyushu Hall - public lecture
10 June – Osaka 13.30-15.00 Intex Osaka - seminar
11 June – Nagano 13.30~ Matsumoto Shimin Geijutsukan - public lecture
8 July – Akita 18.00-19.30 Akita Atorion Ongaku Hall – public lecture
13 July – Kyoto Ritsumeikan University – lecture
20 August – Osaka Kokusaikaigijo – architecture competition
19-21 September – Tokyo, University of Tokyo – international urban planning conference
25 Sep- 1 Oct – Tokyo – international architecture conference

For further information, visit Tadao Ando’s official website  http://www.tadao-ando.com/
and the Tadao Ando Forum on HeT architecture   http://www.hetgallery.com/ando_2.html  (in Japanese)

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