Future 50: Akihisa Hirata 01.08.13

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It has been a busy 12 months for Hirata, who founded his office in Japan 2005, after 18 years working for Toyo Ito. He was part of the Home-for-All project, which received the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale; his exhibition, Tangling, opened at the architecture foundation in London; and at the recent Milan Salone, he exhibited the spectacular Amazing Flow installation, in collaboration with his old employer; and Energetic Energies for Panasonic. Hirata has distinguished himself producing works inspired by the complex relationship between architecture and ecology, using his theory of "tangling": "Tangling is the conceptual word to create architecture as a base of entanglement between people, living things and the natural environment," he says. He is currently continuing work in the Japanese town of Kamishi, which was devastated by the tsunami in 2011, as well as the Taipei complex in Taiwan and a house in Chile.

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