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We are entering a time in which the value and potential of rural areas are being reconsidered. Higashikawa, the “Town of Photography,” and “Cultural Capital of Photography,” is a beautiful town in Hokkaido, Japan. Located in a beautiful rural setting, surrounded by the Daisetsuzan mountains, it is also blessed with pure groundwater. With the aim of communicating the richness of life through architecture and furniture, the town has promoted a new initiative in collaboration with architect Kengo Kuma, who has a strong interest in the use of architecture and design in rural settings.

 

Higashikawa, with its small size and thriving furniture production industry, has long implemented programs that would only be possible here: It starts with the “Your Chair” project, which gives the children a sense of safety and belonging from a young age. In Elementary School, the children learn while surrounded by wooden furniture. When they graduate Junior High School, as a graduation present, they take home their wooden chairs that they have used and cared for over three years. It is now time to start a new project and train the young people who will be the leaders of the next generation.

 

As the world endures the new Coronavirus crisis, the problems with our overcrowded metropolitan lifestyles have become clearer, and a search for a new lifestyle has begun. The resources and possibilities in each region are beginning to provide inklings of ideas for the development of this new lifestyle. Architect Kengo Kuma has joined us in supporting our town and our region. He is an early advocate of promoting the appeal of regional communities through architecture, with a strong interest in expanding the use of local resources and educating the next generation of young people. In a sense, Kengo Kuma, who is working on regional revitalization though the world of architecture, and Higashikawa, a sparsely populated town blessed with a rich environment and a thriving furniture industry, have been working together to propose a new way of life.

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Our lifestyles have changed dramatically due to COVID-19. Remote work has become common, and people also eat outdoors more often, to avoid crowding. The distinction between tables and desks may now be meaningless. This new way of life is also beginning in Higashikawa Town. Please propose unconventional tables to fit these changing times.
Kengo Kuma
Head Judge / Architect, professor at the University of Tokyo
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The theme of this 2nd annual competition is “Unconventional Tables.” Hokkaido, Japan is rich in forest resources, and our region takes a central role in furniture manufacturing. Our aim is to create high quality furniture through merging the high technical skills that we have cultivated over the years along with your design skills. We are looking forward to receiving entries by young designers from all over the world.
Ichiro Matsuoka
Mayor of Higashikawa, the Cultural Capital of Photography and “Town of Photography”
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With your kind support, it is my pleasure to announce that we have opened applications for the 2nd annual "Kengo Kuma & Higashikawa" KAGU Design Competition. I hope to develop a new world of KAGU from your flexible mindset and ideas, and to foster a mindful way of life together. I look forward to receiving entries by many young people from all over the world.
Hiromi Fujita
Chair of the "Kengo Kuma & Higashikawa" KAGU Design Competition Executive Committee

Deadline for pre-registration

February 28th, 2022

Pre-registration is closed as of February 28th, 2022.
Thank you very much for your registration.

Pre-registration is closed as of February 28th, 2022. Thank you very much for your registration.