For Koichi Takada of Koichi Takada Architects the reigning imperative of our time is not simply to look back at history and preserve it. It is to move inexorably forward – in an environmental sense.
“We need to create a world that is livable for our next generation,” says Takada. And the generations after that.
It took just 200 years, since the beginning of the industrial revolution, for humans to catapult the planet into a state of climate emergency. And it will require some miracle maneuvers of pure imagination and architectural prowess to redirect us onto a path of remediation.
Takada has made it his purpose to lead by example, with a philosophy of conscious architecture and design derring-do. Here he speaks with Indesign editor, Alice Blackwood, and V-ZUG, as part of the V-ZUG Sustainability Chronicles, a series of articles exploring eco-conscious architecture and design for longevity.