Toyo Ito re: public space & public architecture

Toyo Ito and Maki Onishi, Home-for-All for Children in Higashi Matsushima, 2013, Miyagi, Japan. Photo: Iwan Baan.

This kind of smaller-scale, more direct interaction is one of the positive effects of having a public space where people can engage in conversation, and where ideas like this can take shape…In the end, public space is not a specific program in itself. It is a condition for many possibilities…Public architecture should serve as the basic unit of communal space and provide the essential idea of public life…These structures might offer not only a new community architecture, but also—if on a small scale—a new kind of society“.

Above from an Artforum interview between Toyo Ito and Julian Rose. More here

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