Photo: Toru Yada

Toru YadaTEDxHamamatsu 2018 Speaker

Area innovator / Architect

Born in 1985, in Oita Prefecture, lives in Hamamatsu City.
As an individual, he joins a town-planning project for Hamamatsu City to produce innovative spaces as well as runs an architect office based in Hamamatsu City.

Mr. Yada says he has learnt that architecture relates to “how to use it” besides “how to build it” through repair project of the Saitama station front and study of settlement in Hida during his student days. It is connected to the current activities that the team practice established to aim to create space with his companies around the same time. The relationship to Hamamatsu City has continued since the workshop to utilize the empty shops on shopping streets.

Mr. Yada’s attempt, which can be called as area innovation, does not only “create” stylish space as an architect. His activity also expands “how to make a good use of” the town, which is the point. New values are created by ideas of people from several fields.

He plays futsal once a week and says it is fun to make a game with sharing same image with team members. This way of enjoying is just like the town-planning in a team.

He is the author (as 403architecture[dajiba]) of “Think by architecture to create a city” (Published by LIXIL). He won the 30th Yoshioka Prize in 2014 and Jury’s Special Award at the Japan Pavilion of Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition in 2016.
He has been also taken up a subject for a lot of magazines such as “New Architecture”, “BRUTUS”, and so on.

TEDx Talk

'Make,' 'Utilize' and how they Change Cities

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