LIVING upon the NATURE 自然のうえに暮らす

April of 2019 - January of 2020




We are currently asked about how to define “Nature”.


For instance, “Anthropocene” means a new stratum formed by the activity of mankind which has a significant influence on the global environment, such as massive emissions of carbon dioxide and large-scale reclamation. It has been advocated as a geological time after the Holocene. How should we live on such an unstable Earth which is susceptible to human influence?


Design for Ecological Democracy by Randolph T. Hester (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2006) lets us think about the relationship between nature and human activity by simultaneously considering ecology and democracy.


We must also think about living with changes in the weather, such as global warming, torrential downpours, and bomb cyclones.


Therefore, we have decided “LIVING upon the NATURE” as this theme. It might be referred to problems around you. Once again, think about what nature is and what life is. We are looking forward to your proposals.


Judge Comments

The phrase "Living upon the Nature" might seem somewhat a strange expression. Rather than an image like a comfortable villa in nature, the meaning can be taken as living on the history of Earth or may be considered as living based on the large context of global environment. Looking forward to seeing architectures and cities that suggest rich relationship between Earth and humans.

― Ryue Nishizawa

We are living in this century in a world where human and nature are subsumed into each other, neither by artificial existence in nature nor human beings completely controlling nature. In my opinion, the architecture leading our era is vividly constructed by stating the way such world is.

― Akihisa Hirata

Think carefully of the word “up on” of "LIVING upon the NATURE". If the word was “in”, life blending in with the rich forest may be imaginable, or if the word was “with” the term "symbiosis" may come to mind. “Up on” seems to encompass the life of the city, assuming the existence of nature. Looking forward to proposals responding to new perceptions towards nature.

― Yasutaka Yoshimura

The current situation which the impact on global environment by human activities has manifested, and the word "Anthropocene" is frequently adopted, it seems to show the spread of recognition that people, cities, and nature are always related and mixed continuously. On the other hand, frequent disasters bring the perception that people and nature are still different beings. How can we feel the reality of life in this chaotic view of nature and the world? Hoping to see proposals of diverse viewpoints.

― Tatsuya Hatori

Introducing "LIVING upon the NATURE" to our imaginations greatly expands the horizon for our immediate problems and enables us to draw new visions for our societies that are predicted to be severely fluctuating in the foreseeable future. Looking forward to seeing the advent of such new and dynamic art creators.

― Ryuji Fujimura

Since the ancient times, humankind has developed and formed a culture by using its abundant imagination and wisdom. Essentially, nature is a state without artificial participation, and the human race who can change the providence has to take responsibility. How do we coexist with nature through architecture, or Anticipated to see your proposals for the future.

― Yukihiro Sohdai


First Prize

Ueno JunTokyo University of Science

Second Prize

ZHANG KEArizona State University

Third Prize

JUAN CARLOS EUGENE SOLERAtelier Soler: Building and Spatial Design

Merit Prize

XIA CHENmusumanoco

Merit Prize

GIACOMO SPANIOa.crònoatelier

PAOLO REALIa.crònoatelier

NICOLA PUPPINa.crònoatelier

SERGIU CERNEAa.crònoatelier

Merit Prize



Merit Prize

Kusukawa KahoMukogawa Women's University

Oota MomijiMukogawa Women's University

Merit Prize

ADRIAN HAWKERESALA, The University of Edinburgh

Merit Prize

DAI BINGFreelance

Merit Prize

Monden Kenji+ft+/Fumiko Takahama Architects

Merit Prize

Morishita KeitaroKindai University/Fusha Architecture

Mori FumiyukiFreelance

Winners Exhibition

Place AIJ l Gallery
Address AIJ building 1F, 26-20, Shiba 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0014
Feb.12th 2020 (Wed) 12:00am~7:30pm
Feb.13th 2020 (Thu) 9:00am~7:30pm
Feb.14th 2020 (Fri) 9:00am~4:00pm


  • First Prize  [one]
  • 1,000,000yen
  • Second Prize[one]
  • 500,000yen
  • Third Prize   [one]
  • 300,000yen
  • Merit Prize[eight]
  • 100,000yeneach

Total prizes amount : 2,600,000 yen.
All above prize money includes income tax.

  • The results will be informed to the winners and will be announced in the January 2020 issue of SHINKENCHIKU.
  • Exhibition will be held at AIJ building in Tokyo Japan: Feb. 12th(Wed)-Feb. 14th(Fri), 2020


1 April 2019 Registration Start
19 August 2019 Beginning of Submission Entry
1 October 2019 End of Registration
4 October 2019
(Must arrive by date above)
End of Submission
Winners will be informed of the results
20 November 2019 Award ceremony
January of 2020 Public announcement will be made in the 2020 January issue of "SHINKENCHIKU"



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Ryue Nishizawa


Akihisa Hirata


Yasutaka Yoshimura


Tatsuya Hatori


Ryuji Fujimura


Yukihiro Sohdai

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