Dear Kengo Sato
First of all, I appreciate the inauguration and the invitation to the PTED Forum. I understand this as a place of dialogue about a small group and its architecture; as tribes (as you define them), migrants, or the diaspora and the design of their architecture and space. It’s an honor to be part of this constructive tryout.
By no doubts, PTED Forum has to inquire the “inhabitation of each individual”, among the question of a “Dwelling-Community” from architectonic, urban and landscape points of view. Which, in the process will probably be modifying some knowledge of these same areas: architecture, urbanism, and landscape.
In order to attend the question of design for a community, you have to be an outsider and at the same time the closest person to the problem, the reason of the concept of each group and what holds them together. Something pretty intricate, but exists, separating one group form another.
I share your line of thought about the new “refugees”, after 3.11 tragedy. Key theme that should be attended by PTED, maybe you have more information of innumerous approaches that are given to the affected area, in question of space or architecture. My interest to this specific theme is centered in the architecture as the reflection of the human necessity to have a base for his identity in a geographical or symbolic space or place. I hope you can share your comments on this subject.
As you know, I’m focused in “migration and architecture”, in the process of learning from them, taking as a case study a group of Mexican migrants that crossed Mexican northern border, each individual with the American Dream of building their “own” house, where the dream to have a home became the principal motivation of their actions and a measure that defines their own life. All this starts by distinguishing them, and after that, observing the reflection of their “own” architecture (which is an imaginary built in reality), and then the phase of projection, working a proposal for a social community.
As an architectonic reflection, at a conversation of the future of architecture, we still lag with a human prototype that was historically made during the era of the international style, that can become a nobody and it’s an empty illusion. The question: Who is going to dwell in this space? Must be answered.
In the instant that we know the habits of the dwellers, for PTED, a dwelling place can be designed. It’s when space, architecture, city and landscape can start to be cohesive.
This encounter has the same weight for me as the encounter at the epoch of French Revolution (223 years ago), were architects realized the “existence” and the need of designing habitats, homes for people. As of today, I believe there’s a hole, in the universe of architects, the capacity of getting to know the people, and according to their profession they should be known for their understanding of people (In other words, the architecture is designed with eyes closed, without getting to know the people.) This is one key theme that I have perceived, working on the reality of dwelling that the migrants themselves construct in their homeland; Mexico.