About the Exhibition
TOTO GALLERY・MA is pleased to present How is Life? ――Designing for our Earth, a special exhibition curated by our Planning and Management Committee members Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Manabu Chiba, Seng Kuan, and Tsuyoshi Tane.

Although we have come to enjoy plentiful lifestyles in the 21st century, we also face a variety of issues such as climate change, social inequality, epidemics, and the shifts in global dynamics brought on by these things. Concerned by this situation, we held a series of discussions with our committee members about the possibilities of what architecture could do for the Earth’s environment. It was during these talks that we recast our eyes over the various facets of our everyday lives while reframing architecture as something that serves to make people’s lives better, leading us to discover many budding model projects that may help us overcome the barriers encircling us today. This exhibition, themed “Designing for our Earth”, was developed out of our discussions and research, and it explores ways in which architecture and design can be employed to achieve prosperity not premised on growth.

The exhibition will showcase diverse precedents from various times and places that respond to the question “How is Life?” posed by the curators. Examples include the Capital Agricole exhibition held in France in 2018, which featured vivid illustrations of a future where Paris and its surrounding cities are interwoven with agricultural sites, and the Toson Memorial Hall (Gifu, Japan; design: Yoshiro Taniguchi), which was built in a postwar resource-deprived mountain village in 1947 by local men, women, and children, whose deep adoration for the late hometown author it commemorates struck a resonance with its architect.

By introducing such projects that offer possibilities that depart from traditional conceptions of architecture and the city—regardless of whether they are of the past, currently being developed, or still foreign to Japan—we hope that the exhibition not only opens up diverse interpretations and further discussions but also sparks a new awareness in each and every visitor, inspiring all to explore new perspectives for living together with our Earth.

Images from the Exhibition
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Library and Benches of Urban Forestry
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Capital Agricole
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
GALLERY 1 (Center: Tool Shed)
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
ReBuilding Center JAPAN
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Small Earth
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Dry Stone Walling School of Japan and Collective Thatching
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Bikeable and Bicycle Urbanism
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Sample Projects
Capital Agricole
SOA / Augustin Rosenstiehl, architecte | Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris, France | 2018
© Yann Kebbi
Agnes Denes in Wheatfield – A Confrontation Photograph: John McGrail
Agnes Denes | New York, U.S.A. | 1982
Copyright Agnes Denes, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Photograph: John McGrail
Toson Memorial Hall
Yoshiro Taniguchi | Gifu, Japan | 1947
© Shigesaburo Kikuchi
Rethatching: small-earth + Tsukamoto Lab. Tokyo Institute of Technology | Kamanuma, Kamogawa, Chiba | 2021-
© small-earth
Renovation: small-earth + Tsukamoto Lab. Tokyo Institute of Technology | Kamanuma, Kamogawa, Chiba | 2021
© small-earth
Exhibition Information
TOTO GALLERY・MA Special Exhibition How is Life? ――Designing for our Earth
Friday, October 21, 2022 -Sunday, March 19, 2023
Monday, public holidays, New Year holidays (December 26, 2022 – January 9, 2023); exception: Sat., February 11, 2023 (public holiday)
Advance reservations are no longer required as of February 6th.
(3F, TOTO Nogizaka Bldg., 1-24-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan 107-0062)
1-minute walk from Exit 3 of Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
TEL: 03-3402-1010
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Manabu Chiba, Seng Kuan, Tsuyoshi Tane
Assistant Curators
Siena Hirao / Anastasia Gkoliomyti (Tsukamoto Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Exhibition Design
Rie Allison (ARA) / Shohei Iida+Yuki Shimooka (ido)
TOTO GALLERY·MA Planning and Management Committee
Special Advisor: Tadao Ando
Members: Manabu Chiba, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto,Seng Kuan,Tsuyoshi Tane
Tokyo Society of Architects & Building Engineers; Tokyo Association of Architectural Firms; Japan Institute of Architects Kanto-Koshinetsu Chapter; Architectural Institute of Japan Kanto Chapter