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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Architecture Since 3.11’

CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, ART TOWER MITO

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Staff Writer

Nov. 7-Jan. 31

The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami left its mark on all who live in or are connected to Japan, including many of the country’s architects. The destruction it caused made many realize that there are times when, no matter how reinforced a structure is, it is almost impossible for it to withstand the forces of nature, while the nuclear power plant disaster highlighted the difficulties of balancing power needs with environmental concerns.

Looking at the bigger picture, the country’s decreasing birthrate and aging population has also led builders to reassess the future demands of houses and public facilities. As an updated version of last year’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa’s exhibition of the same title, this show at Art Tower Mito is showcasing post-3/11 projects and ideas by 21 groups of architects.

Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito; 1-6-8 Gokencho, Mito, Ibaraki. Mito Stn. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥800. Closed Mon. 029-227-8111; www.arttowermito.or.jp