Is our sense of wonder associated with our inability to understand the world’s complexity?
Can architects work as archaeologists for the present time and reimagine the city by taking its objects apart?
In this lecture, Shin Egashira will discuss his works as a means to reflect the strangeness of the world as a playful combination of science and poetry, similar to how Daedalus, mythical inventor, architect and sculptor, was known for giving the wrong tools to resolve conflicts into opportunities.
Shin Egashira makes art and architecture collaboratively worldwide. His experiments include the construction of Alfred Jarry’s Time Machine alongside astrophysicist Andrew Jaffe, “How to Walk a Flat elephant” and “Twisting Concrete” which fuse old and new technologies. He conducts a series of landscape workshops in rural and inner-city communities across the world including Koshirakura (Japan), Tokyo, Muxagata (Portugal), Shanghai and Brooklyn.
He has been teaching at the Architectural Association since 1990 and is the Unit Master of Diploma Unit 11 since 1996. For the past ten years, his unit has been documenting London with critical views towards neoliberal urban development. The current theme of Interior Urbanism seeks an alternative form of design approach with scientific and poetic ways to argue the importance of the imperfection recognizing the value of exceptions and things overlooked by architects and developers.