home is where the heart is – it's a saying that's pretty universal, but in japan particular dynamics, such as a populations that's both aging and decreasing, natural disasters, and economic woes, put a particular spin on urban planning and how to cater to housing needs. these specific circumstances may be quite a challenge, but also make the land of the rising sun an ideal place to explore new possibilities to the max. launched last year in tokyo, the house vision exhibition considers the house – or rather, a well-designed abode – as a pivotal element in modern society, and therefore makes it the starting point for solutions for many issues, including energy, communications, mobility, the aging society, the relationship between urban and rural, and the preservation of traditional land.
this year's edition of house vision is called co-dividual – split and connect/separate and come together for a reason as It addresses the question of how individuals, urban and rural areas, and fragmented technologies can broght together and re-connect. the showcase, held outdoors in the harbourside area of odaiba, presents 12 innovative house designs crafted predominantly from timber by major japanese brands and corporations from various industries. the fully furnished structures are set across an expansive 12,519 sqm. [134,753 sq.ft.] site, and are all embedded in a setting designed by renowned architect kengo kuma [open through aug 28]. alongside the exhibition there's an extensive daily program of interesting talks by leading japanese architects and other relevant experts, but these are held in japanese only. location: aomi station, 2-1 aomi [odaiba].