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New Now Next 2020: Akihisa Hirata

New Now Next returned in 2020 with a series of truly inspirational live, virtual talks by a fascinating line-up of world-renowned architects. 

Our second speaker on Thursday 19 November was Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata, considered to be one of the most influential Japanese architects today and widely recognised for his multi-story “Tree-ness” house in Tokyo. Hirata’s practice creates essential architecture by harnessing the laws of nature that govern the organic activities of plants, animals and meteorological phenomena. Akihisa was joined by moderator Pedro Gadanho, architect, writer and curator, and former Director of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon.

New Now Next is sponsored by Arup, and all events are free. The 2020 programme also featured talks by SO-IL, moderated by James Taylor-Foster, and Toni L. Griffin, with Michelle Joan Wilkinson.