Itsuko Hasegawa has never viewed architecture as being a singular and isolated creative act by one individual on the contrary, she is convinced that building should be a social event. Hence, she includes not only state-of-the-art CAD programs in each planning and design phase, but also the outcome of extensive interviews with future users of a given building. Hasegawa always allows some breathing space for the unforeseen and the unknown whenever building plans are transformed into architectural solutions for concrete activities and special functions. Her buildings which combine clarity and playfulness and which are full of energy stemming from the interplay of material, color, transparency and form are places which enhance and inspire people's lives.
This monograph presents the 16 most significant buildings and projects in the 1990s: museums and galleries, schools, sport and recreation centers, and apartment buildings, and includes contributions by Patrice Goulet and Koji Taki. Itsuko Hasegawa is published in collaboration with the Institut Francais d'Architecture, Paris