Bologna, Italy, May 30, 2014 -- Tile trade show Cersaie has invited Japanese award-winning architect Toyo Ito, winner of the Pritzker Prize 2013, to deliver the keynote lecture in the Palazzo dei Congressi at the Bologna Exhibition Centre Sept. 25
Toyo Ito is known for creating and elaborating extreme architectural concepts, architecture that he himself defines as “non material” with an obsession for lightness and transparency that combines the physical and virtual worlds.
He is a leading exponent of architecture that addresses the contemporary notion of simulated city. This was particularly evident in his design approach following the tsunami of March 2011, when together with other Japanese architects he promoted a new project for temporary shelters called Home-for-All, small shared spaces where people can meet, relax and socialise.
Some of his most important works include the “Tower of Winds” in Yokohama, the Sendai Mediathecque, the Mikimoto Ginza Tower in Tokyo, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan, the White O residence in Marbella and the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive in California.