Report “Andrew Kovacs – From Chicago to Shodoshima”

Andrew Kovac, who taught in the International Design Studio for the spring semester of 2021, visited Japan for a workshop and lecture. Kovac’s studio explored the boundaries between architecture and art under the theme of “Very Big Art,” and five master’s students worked on their projects.

Due to immigration restrictions, the studio was conducted entirely remotely. However, in conjunction with Andrew Kovac’s visit to Japan, the Kovac Studio’s students presented their projects, and Kovac gave a lecture.

《Outline of the event》
Date: July 24, 2022, 15:00~17:00
15:00~15:10 Opening remarks by Kengo Kuma
15:10~15:40 Andrew Kovac Studio Student Presentation
15:40 – 16:40 Andrew Kovac Lecture
16:40-17:00 Q&A
17:00 Closing remarks by Kengo Kuma

Location: HASEKO – KUMA HALL (Engineering Building 11, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo) and Zoom Webinar
Language: English

Andrew Kovac worked with students at SEKISUI HOUSE – KUMA LAB during his visit to Japan to reassemble “Collective Housing II (Homage to Sir John Soane).” This work was the “Chicago Model” exhibited at the Chicago Biennial in 2017 and was shipped to Japan for storage in 2018 after the Biennial exhibition. This time, it was restored to its original form as it was exhibited in Chicago and reassembled as an apartment complex, rereading the symbolism and scale of the interior spaces of Sir John Soane’s own house and the exhibits and collections within it.

Now moved to Shodoshima House and is currently on display at the Setouchi International Art Festival 2022.

Photo by Phil Donohue