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He won the first prize for International Chopin Piano Competition at Tokyo 2005

At the time of the SOAA establishment, I met him and was impressed with his sound. It became one of the important motifs in building design philosophy.

from the past / memory to the future / creation

- past / memory -

There are places we see in our daily lives: the alley that we used to run around in,
the store where we bought all the candies for school trip
from and the school that we graduated from.
Such memorable places bring us a gentle peace.
The truth is, however,
that architecture does not last forever
and the dwellers will always change.
And sadly it might be torn down even before the end comes.
When we see a building that is in our memories one day disappears
and turns into an empty land, we trace our memories. We begin the process of remembering,
trying to recall what used to be there. And then, we feel sadness.
To put it in musical terms,
I think that is a score that lost all the notes.
Every city and town in this world, an individual architecture (a note) lines up to create a street (a melody)
and the street will repeat to compose a city (music).
And every city will have its own uniqueness (tone) and a beautiful score can be found in a beautiful city.
So when a building is torn down and turns into an empty land,
it creates a disruption in the rhythm and perhaps that is why we feel anxious.

- future/creation -

I must confirm what note (architecture) and what kind of melody (streets) was once there.
And to create a beautiful music,
I will carefully compose each note and turn them into a score (a plan).
In creating a beautiful future,
I want to design a pleasant architecture with the space given by our history and respecting the surrounding environment, while being innovative.
I hope my work becomes part of the memory of the future city,
performing a beautiful score and bringing smiles to the people.

Hitoshi Ueda