19 June 2018

Gordon Matta-Clark Exhibition "Mutation in Space" opens at MOMAT


NoRA's latest exhibition design for Gordon Matta-Clark Exhibition has opened at Museum of Modern Art Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan, collaborated with K2LAB at Waseda Univ. and Haruka Uemura.




20 April 2018

‘Play City’ Research Selected for Funding


‘Play City’, our research+design proposal to enhance public spaces in Rabat, Morocco, has been selected and co-funded by the Creative Industries Fund NL.  


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17 March 2018 

"Factory for Urban Living" Exhibition in Seoul


NoRA in collaboration with K2LAB has participated in the exhibition in Seoul called "Factory for Urban Living" organized and curated by Nina Lappaport and Dongwoo Yim of PRAUD.  Architects from several asian cities(Beijing, Pyongyang, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo) were invited to exhibit architectural visions for coexisting of production and living spaces in urban context.


03 January 2018 

NoRA wishes Happy 2018!!


NoRA wishes Happy New Year and all the best wishes for everyone! 

Collage of an on-going project. 

Collage of an on-going project. 

01 November 2017 

Kish Art Foundation


NoRA commissioned to conduct a research and brief definition for a multi-functional cultural facility to support the transformation of Kish Island in Iran from a shopping destination to a diversified economy and creative city.

Seizing the opportunity of Kish’s strong interface with both mainland Iran and the rest of the world, the creation of a singular platform that consolidates all functions inherent to Art will drive the production, dissemination and exposure of Iranian indigenous arts & crafts making them part of the global contemporary scene. 

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29 October 2017 

Set Design for Theater in Yokohama Completed


NoRA's set design  for theater director Akira Takayama’s “Wagner Project” completed in Yokohama.  It challenges the steet-ification of Wagner’s opera "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" by decentralizing and breaking the stage to stand relationship through metal frameworks. NoRA had collaborated with Waseda Univ. Keigo Kobayashi Laboratory (K2LAB).

Theater Director, Akira Takayama talking with Architect, Arata Isozaki.

Theater Director, Akira Takayama talking with Architect, Arata Isozaki.

10 October 2017 

Capital Centres in Rural Africa


NoRA self-initiates a research project to examine the correlation and impact of rapid urbanisation on rural settlements, agricultural production and food security in Western Africa. The ongoing research phase – supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL – aims at developing a brief for a pilot design & build project.

The working hypothesis is that urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa does not systematically translate into a higher standard of living because new urban dwellers are uneducated, unskilled and therefore unequipped to contribute to and benefit from the economy of the city. We thus investigate the viability of installing “capital centres” at the heart of rural communities that would provide education, vocational training and other basic services to the local populations so that - if not slowing down the pace of it - urbanisation becomes a more constructive process that is proportionally paralleled by a steady and shared economic growth and human development.

Twelve cities are projected to house five million inhabitants or more by 2025, three of which will be in Nigeria.

Twelve cities are projected to house five million inhabitants or more by 2025, three of which will be in Nigeria.

28 August 2017 

A Cable Car Station on the Island of Kish


NoRA commissioned to design a cable car station on Kish Island, Iran. This fast-track project is currently in the design development stage and set to be completed in the course of 2018.  

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12 August 2017

Decoding Mechanisms of Productive Cities


 NoRA co-founder Keigo Kobayashi travels to Dharavi in Mumbai - one of the largest and densest informal settlements in the world with around 700,000 people living over 2 km2 – to conduct field research and lecture at the Kamla Raheja Institute of Architecture (KRVIA).

Despite its lack of planning, the area is softly divided into several zones, home to a variety of industries, such as recycling plastics, production of potteries, leather and textiles, generating altogether an estimated annual turnover in excess of USD 1 billion.

NoRA together with Waseda University of Tokyo is studying Dharavi in an attempt to decode the mechanisms which build up the community through sharing various steps of the production line, in conjunction with sharing religious territories, infrastructural facilities and social activities. Simultaneously, we're looking at how this multi-layered sharing platform is fostered and influenced by its spatial characteristics and construction systems.

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