Architecture | Community Planning |
Architectural Association| Visiting School
During this visiting program design teams and Koshirakura natives co-built public space interventions that explore forms of social and cultural sustainability within a post-agricultural community.
Koshirakura is an isolated village in Niigata Prefecture along the complex terrains of the Shibumi River. Koshirakura has a shrinking population of 100 inhabitants with a majority elder population. In 2004 a powerful earthquake hit the region affecting the rice economy. The Koshirakura community landscape workshop brings together designers from all over the world to embed themselves in the town and collectively reflect how infrastructure can contribute to social sustainability. Collectively participants document the challenges and opportunities of a it’s post-agricultural community and build spatial interventions that portray Koshirakura’s people and the territory.
The workshops has an aim to cultivate local knowledge and strengthen cultural heritage by proposing participatory design activities where infrastructure becomes a medium of communication.
For more than 10 years, participants have worked in 18 projects (including a bus shelter, pavilion, movie screen and scenic platform).