If there’s one last exhibition you go to in Japan before the end of the year, make it 311: Lost Homes. Co-curated by architect Hiroshi Naito and graphic designer Kenya Hara, the exhibition presents architectural models of several towns that sustained heavy damage from the events that defined the year of 2011 for Japan.
While many visitors may take the opportunity to reflect on the events of 311, the true intention of the exhibition is to reignite the discourse around architecture and design, which was plunged into a state of paralysis following the surreal images of flooding and collapse that flashed before our eyes.
Also on display is Kenya Hara’s project, 311 Scale, which we wrote about when it first launched in July.
311: Lost Homes is on display at the ToTo Gallery Ma through December 24.