Many of the debates about contemporary city agree that architecture goes into globalization. Authors, like Saskia Sassen, point out that cities with extremely different cultures have suffered similar transformations in the last quarter of the twentieth century. It is not anymore about forming a community with a strong identity; it is about building successful cities that make the entrance into global world possible. Therefore, the role of buildings has become an important marketing resource and the relationship between architecture and landscape transcends the near context since the limits go beyond the territorial frame.
In this situation, Kasuyo Sejima’s architecture enables us to develop a reflexion. In different places of the world, his works fulfil the premise of being urban successful projects and they do not lose the characteristics of Japanese tradition. In his projects, there is a constant concern about the relationship between inside and outside, which becomes real in spaces functioning as a buffer. About this, the architect said “Japanese structure or space is very simple (…) the screens disappear and there is a continuity between outside and inside space. I think this is a diversity that is possibly related to Japanese tradition” (1). According to Ryue Nishizama, the clear and transparent structure lets the building be easily understood and it is also an inherited aspect of his culture.
In times when a “generic” architecture idea comes up, in Koolhaas’s terms, many uncertainties about the urban future arise. If the relationship between architecture and city adjusts to the context or follows the globalization route is something that maybe Sejima can answer.
(1) CORTES, J. A., El croquis, Una conversación con Kasuyo Sejima y Ryue Nishizawa, Madrid, El croquis ed, 2007. p.12
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María Fernanda Lobeto
Architect graduated in 2009 from the University of Buenos Aires. Since then, she has directed her office Lot Architects together with two partners. They are carrying out several projects and their implementation on site. She teaches the subject Architecture IV at FADU, in the professorship Solsona, Ledesma, Salama. She is currently finishing her master's degree in "History and Culture of the architecture and the city" at the Torcuato di Tella University.