Makoto Sei Watanabe
Makoto Sei Watanabe was born in Tokyo in 1952. Following his studies in architecture, he founded the Makoto Sei Watanabe firm in 1984. It develops paradoxical architecture, situated between equilibrium and instability, experimenting with the idea of a productibility intrinsic to chaos. In parallel to his architecture practice, Makoto Sei Watanabe teaches at the National University of Yokohama, at the Kyoto Seika University and the Tokyo Denki University. His earliest works include the Aoyama Technical College in Tokyo (1988 – 1990) in which the idea of chaos organizes the structure in the manner of a natural phenomenon. In his series of prototypes, Jelly Fish Houses (1990 – 1997), Watanabe experimented with the development of a complex perceptual system that gives space a physical and tactile dimension. The perception of spatial phenomena is continuously tested, as in the K Museum in Tokyo (1996), which seems to thrust out of the ground in an ascending movement that defies the natural logic of gravity.
For Watanabe, architecture must make the invisible visible. In the Induction Cities project (1990-under construction), the firm is developing its ideas on chaotic fragmentation and spontaneous generation on an urban scale, enabling new configurations of the city to emerge. This method, developed over the last 20 years, has served as the starting point for many projects the firm has built, including the Idabashi metro station development project in 2000.
this video :
Makoto Sei Watanabe speech video
Friday, 2nd October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. ALGOrithmic design, Induction Design series, 2006
2. Sun God City, Induction Design series, 1994
© Makoto Sei Watanabe