About the Exhibition
TOTO GALLERY・MA is pleased to present "POLITICS OF LIVING," a solo exhibition by dot architects.
dot architects characteristically approaches the planning/designing/construction/use of architecture on the same footing and addresses every step of these processes.
They explore possibilities of actively involving all people in the creation of architecture they use by harnessing the power of accessible resources, including materials, workforce, acquaintances, and local ties.
People in local communities and a diverse circle of close colleagues naturally come together in sympathy with dot architects' seemingly unconventional activities, which transcend the existing framework of architecture based on the division of labor. dot architects are now creating places where people can enjoy work and play while living vibrantly in various locations. On Shodo Island, for example, they have been creating places to promote community education through art for ten years since they built Umaki Camp (2013) at the Setouchi Triennale. At their home base Chidori Bunka (2017-), a multidisciplinary cultural complex in Kitakagaya, Osaka, they are involved in its operation and design. In this way, their tangible, flexible, and continuous involvement in place-making gradually gives rise to places appropriate for specific locations. They believe the dynamics or the "POLITICS OF LIVING" that spawn "small autonomous spaces" are the key to breaking the status quo and transforming society.
This exhibition introduces the overall picture of their activities that expand the possibilities of architecture. It also offers an enjoyable experience of making your putter and playing together on the putting golf course in the courtyard. The exhibition invites viewers to explore and discover the significance of dot architects' POLITICS OF LIVING.

Images from the Exhibition
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The theme is "what dot architects would do if to temporarily use the space of TOTO GALLERY・MA".
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Coop Kitakagaya
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Left: Journey around the community centers of Milan and Turin
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Front: Bar
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Silk Screen Workshop
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Back: Library
Front: Radio Station
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Back: Nogizaka Putter Golf??? Club!!
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Front: Outdoor Workshop
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We create our own leisure too. There are two putter golf courses; “Nogizaka Straight” and “Nogizaka Seat”.
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Architecture from dot architects’ anthology POLITICS OF LIVING, to be published from TOTO Publishing, and of current undergoing projects will be exhibited.
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Front: Model, On-Hold House
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Back: Model, No. 07
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GALLERY 2 Cinema
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Exhibition Guide
Images for Media Use
Umaki camp
(Kagawa, 2013)
A community exchange facility built by self-initiated construction.
One-night-only screening of a film produced in just one day by dot architects and the entire community.
No. 07
(Osaka, 2018)
©Yuma Harada
Renovation of a 110-year-old row house and an alley farm.
A small shared space emerged out of daily life.
researchlight "In search of Kappa"
(Kyoto, 2016)
©Shinsaku Arakawa
A temporary park to provoke outdoor physical activity.
Children and adults discover their own ways to use it.
GDP(Gonzo dot party)
(Osaka, 2020)
©アートエリアB1/photo by Ryo Yoshimi
Filmmaking and performance in collaboration with artists.
Chidori Bunka
(Osaka, 2017)
©Yuma Harada
A community exchange base in a renovated Bunka residence.
It is equipped with a cafeteria, bar, and gallery, and hosts various activities.
Exhibition Information
dot architects: POLITICS OF LIVING
Thursday, May 18 - Sunday, August 6, 2023
Mondays and public holidays
(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 URL=
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
Related Books
Author: dot architects