Japan Pavilion at the 10th International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale in 2006: Outline of the Exhibition

Outline of the Exhibition

Terunobu Fujimori's Architecture and the Roadway Observation Society are architecture and city-related movements that have been active for over a decade. Although well-known in Japan, they are still completely unknown elsewhere.

According to Kenjiro Okazaki, Fujimori is the world's only 'surreal architect.' He works with Genpei Akasegawa in the Roadway Observation Society, which searches out interesting urban scenes around the world that no-one has paid attention to before. The Roadway Observation Society regards these scenes as expressions of the city's unconscious.

Fujimori is a founder member of the Roadway Observation Society. Its other members also help to build Fujimori's architectural ideas, playing an essential role in the process and calling themselves the ''Jomon Kenchiku-dan'' (Jomon Culture Construction Company).

Although it may not have been articulated as a coherent theory, there is clearly a common element running right through both Fujimori's Architecture and the Roadway Observation Society's activities. Exhibiting the two together creates a link between the architecture and the city, and is significant for bringing this new and still unknown direction out into the open for the very first time.

"Eureka - Terunobu Fujimori edition," Seidosha, 2004
"Rojo Kansatsu Nyumon (Introduction to Roadway Observation)" Genpei Akasegawa, Terunobu Fujimori, Shinbo Minami eds., Chikuma Shobo, 1986

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