Art & Architecture Project
Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Japan Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, and the Land Foundation present Art & Architecture Project in Chiang Mai, a collaborative project with artists and architects. The project starts with a four-day research in Chiang Mai, aiming to develop architectural ideas for a self-sustainable environment at the Land Foundation and to explore the limits of conventional practice.
The research has three points to focus. The first point is the structure of the local area. It will be uncovered through an examination of how the landscape is constructed, not only regarding city planning but also the relationship with the rural area. The next point is the transition of the city, which will be considered through various hypotheses of the process of the transformation, through investigation of the deformation between the landscapes. Then the third point is local food culture. The local characteristics understood from the structure and transition of the city/landscape and how it is connected to people’s everyday life through the food culture as a keyword.
The open program of discussions/lectures forms part of the research and will be a platform for an exchange of ideas between the participants from various backgrounds.



Dates: Saturday, August 19 – Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Public Program

Date Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Venue Asian Culture Station
(28/11 Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Participants Chie Konno, Katsuhiro Miyamoto, Narong Othavorn, Aroon Puritat, Pornpas Siricururatana, Masashi Sogabe, Akito Yamaguchi

Organized by

Rirkrit Tiravanija (The Land Foundation), Nobuo Nakamura (CCA Kitakyushu), The Japan Foundation


Chie Konno

  • Photo: Sunny Loggia House
    Sunny Loggia House, 2011
  • Photo: timber messenger
    timber messenger, 2015

Chie Konno completed her DEng in architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology and co-founded teco with Rie Allison in 2015. teco tries to traverse the social and institutional system through their practice at private residences, welfare facility, community planning, and art installation. teco designed the exhibition venue of the Japan Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia 2016 that won a Special Mention.

Katsuhiro Miyamoto

  • Photo: Chushin-ji Temple Priests' Quarter
    Chushin-ji Temple Priests' Quarter
  • Photo: Fukushima Dai-ich Sakae Nuclear Plant
    Fukushima Dai-ich Sakae Nuclear Plant

Katsuhiro Miyamoto has designed residential houses and religious facilities, including “Zenkai” House, in which he reconstructed his family home after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and pursues a new possibility of architecture and attempts to go beyond the existing system both in his urban analysis such as Environmental Noise Element. He participated in the Japan Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia 1996 with other architects and won Golden Lion. He is a professor at Osaka City University.

Narong Othavorn

  • Photo: Wonderwall House Chiangmai
    Wonderwall House Chiangmai, 2012
  • Photo: DP Group Headquarters Office buildingrenovation in Bangkok
    DP Group Headquarters Office buildingrenovation in Bangkok, 2016

Narong Othavorn graduated with MArch from Architecture and Urban Culture, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. He has practiced at A.A.M. Voets Architecen B.V. in Delft and now runs his architecture design studio SO (Situation based Operation). He has also served as the editor of magazine art4d since 2015.

Aroon Puritat

  • Photo: Umong House, Chiang-mai
    Umong House, Chiang-mai, 2007
  • Photo: 50 Houses Chiang-mai
    50 Houses Chiang-mai, 2003-pres

Aroon Puritat received his Bacherlor' s Degree from Silpakorn University, and has extensive professional experience of architectural design and art project, that have been often featured in international magazines such as Wallpaper and Abitare. Puritat has also contributed many articles to art/design magazines.

Pornpas Siricururatana

  • Photo: Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center
    Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center,2013 photo by Ketsiree Wongwan
  • Photo: 999/84 (a house in bangkok)
    999/84 (a house in bangkok), 2014 photo by Pichan Sujaritsatit

Pornpas Siricururatana graduated with MEng in Architecture from the University of Tokyo and served as Cultural Officer and In-House architect at the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, Thailand. She also began her practice with her partner in 2012 and started working as a lecturer at Kasetsart University in 2014.

Masashi Sogabe

  • Photo: mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi
    mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi, 2013
  • Photo: Gejo Thatch Tower, 2012
    Gejo Thatch Tower, 2012

Masashi Sogabe is a co-founder of the architecture design office MIKAN that works on a broad range of projects from private residences and public buildings to exhibition frameworks and product design. His works include mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi, a commercial facility developed under an elevated railway track built in the 1910s. He served as Director of Architecture for Water and Land Niigata Art Festival which took place in 2015. He is a professor at Kanagawa University.

Akito Yamaguchi

  • Photo: FUSEN2
    FUSEN2, 2014
  • Photo: House in Torimicho
    House in Torimicho, 2016
    photo by KENTA HASEGAWA

Akito Yamaguchi practiced at NIHON SEKKEI, INC. after graduated from Osaka City University with MArch. In 2013 He founded his design office siinari architects.

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