EARTH MART is a thatched
(a roof made of straw or similar material)
pavilion that cultivates food and
brings people together.
Thatch (a roof made of straw or similar material) is a symbol of the traditions that once took place in the Satoyama (rural) way of life. The gathering of small roofs represents its prosperity and vibrancy just like a marketplace.When the Expo comes to an end, we plan to breathe new life to the thatches through an upcycling program.
EARTH MART is an imaginary market where
you can experience the cycle of food and
life and encounter hints for the future.
EARTH MART is filled with various features that allow you to rethink what you may have taken for granted and explore new ways of eating with excitement in an ambiance reminiscent of a shopping experience in a market.
Traditions, culture, societal challenges, technology... these perspectives encourage us to reevaluate the current state of food and embark on a journey to discover the pleasure of eating and uncover insights on how we can shape and weave life into the new era.
Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. He is currently a University Professor and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo after teaching at Keio University and the University of Tokyo. KKAA projects are currently underway in more than 30 countries. Kengo Kuma proposes architecture that opens up new relationships between nature, technology, and human beings.
His major publications include Zen Shigoto(The complete works, Daiwa Shobo), Ten Sen Men(“point, line, plane”, Iwanami Shoten),
Makeru Kenchiku (Architecture of Defeat, Iwanami Shoten), Shizen na Kenchiku (Natural Architecture, Iwanami Shinsho), Chiisana Kenchiku (Small Architecture, Iwanami Shinsho) and many others.
Tamotsu Yagi was the art director for ESPRIT in 1984, a fashion company headquartered in San Francisco. He later became an AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) member in 1990 and the following year, he established Tamostu Yagi Design. In 1995, his design work was selected for the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and an exhibition was held to commemorate the museum’s reopening of its new architectural design. In 2009, he moved to Venice, Los Angeles. His recent work includes the Jean Prouvé“Constructive Imagination”show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo which he co-art directed. He is currently working on signage design and a series of graphic designs for the Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
Orange & Partners
“EARTH MART” PROJECT TEAM