As part of the CCA’s ongoing exploration of key issues in contemporary architecture with a specific focus on urban, social, and environmental concerns, Some Ideas on Living in London and Tokyo by Stephen Taylor and Ryue Nishizawa features recent architectural projects that propose new solutions to the challenges of building homes in dense urban environments.

London and Tokyo provide particularly relevant ground for case studies not only due to the scale and complexity of their respective built environments, but especially for the way in which their increasing densities call for a redefinition of urban living. While facing similar issues related to growth, the two cities occupy cultural contexts in which themes of proximity, privacy, community, and public space take on different meanings and require distinct solutions. Stephen Taylor and Ryue Nishizawa have developed new ideas for living borne of their respective cultures. Their innovative residential designs challenge conventional norms and offer approaches that simultaneously shape the life of the resident and the face of the city.

The architects’ projects each occupy three galleries, which are adjacent and open to one another in order to establish relationships among their respective works and between the two. Nishizawa and Taylor designed their components of the installation with original display furniture and new large-scale models alongside drawings, renderings, models, books, and prints by established photographers. Nishizawa’s built projects were photographed by Takashi Homma, Hisao Suzuki, and Ken’ichi Suzuki, and Taylor’s work by Simon Lewis, David Grandorge and Ioana Marinescu.

Curator: Giovanna Borasi, CCA.
Exhibition design: Ryue Nishizawa, Tokyo, and Stephen Taylor, London.
Graphic design: Feed, Montreal.

Selected objects

Installing a site model

Installation of a site model of Ryue Nishizawa’s Moriyama House.

Installation of a site model of Ryue Nishizawa’s Moriyama House.


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