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Portraits of Landscapes—Part 1

New-generation architect Kumiko Inui seeks to understand truly “lived places” in order to access the power of the ordinary and the real in her own practice. Rather than set up an external model of the unusual and the fictional as her elder “author-type” architects did, Inui photographs and examines thousands of successful, anonymously created spaces to examine why they work.
Kumiko Inui, translated by Sam Bett
  • Kumiko Inui is the principal architect at Inui Architects and a professor at the Yokohama National University Graduate School of Architecture (YGSA). Acclaimed for her innovative architectural thinking with a focus on regional cities, she received the prestigious Architectural Institute of Japan Award for the Redevelopment Project for the Nobeoka Station Area (Nobeoka Encross) in 2020.