Yasushi Sakai (酒井 康史)

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Yasushi Sakai is a researcher, artist, and an architect that lives in the computer terminal. Currently a research assistant and a Phd candidate at the MIT Media Lab CityScience group, his work scales from designing micro controller schematics from mega structures, converting tangible artifacts to intangible experiences.

His interest focuses on the blurry distinction between machine and human from the perspective of intelligence and methods of creation including large scale city planning that incorporates social aspects of this collective machine as a whole.

His work has been selected to the Siggraph Art Exhibition (2018), Chile Biennial Art Exhibition (2017) and Japan Media Art Festival(2015) along with winning hackathons such as the Art Hack Day (2015), and World Bank’s global innovation challenge(2015).

日本語の略歴はこちら(JP Bio)

Employments

  • 2011 - 2015 Architect, Nikken Sekkei, Architectural Design Department, Digital Design Lab

  • 2011 (internship) MEME, Boston, MA assistant for scripting

  • 2010 (internship) Ryoji Ikeda, remote assistant in CG modelling, rendering, architectural drawings for exhibitions

Education

  • 2018-202? Media Arts and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD
  • 2017-2015 Media Arts and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S
  • 2010-2008 Environmental Design and Governance, Keio University (Japan), M.A
  • 2008-2010 Environmental Information, Keio University, B.A

Awards / Exhibits

2018

2017

2014

2010

  • Excellent Undergraduate Architectural Design Exhibition, Elected, Lemon Gasui
  • Shigeru Ito prize, Grand Prize, Keio University

*​: collaboration with Nicole L’Huillier and Thomas Sanchez

**​: collaboration with Daisuke Tsunoda

Publication

Media

  • 2014 100 Innovators of the Next Era Nikkei Architeture
  • 2010 House in Hanegi Park - Cherry Jyutaku-Tokushu (住宅特集) design assistant
  • 2010 Temporary Shelter for Haiti Earthquake refugees, participated as project manager Shinkenchiku (新建築)
  • 2008 Hualin Temporary elementary school (Chengdu, China) Shinkenchiku (新建築) construction assistant
  • 2008 Case study House-13 -Atelier of Stained Glass Artist- design assistant

Skills

  • CAD/BIM and visual programming software (Revit, ArchiCAD, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper)
  • Circuitry Design, microcontrollers(ATMEGA)
  • Programming, in the order love (Rust, swift, JavaScript(TypeScript), python, JAVA(processing/Android), C++, C#, PHP)
  • and most importantly GIT

略歴

1985年生まれ。日建設計/デジタルデザインラボを経て、現在MIT Media Lab 博士課程兼 リサーチアシスタント。人とテクノロジーの関係を探りつつ、なかでも”都市という機械” を対象に研究する。分散ヴァージョン管理システムや新しい民主プロセスを参照し、建築 や都市における集団的な合意形成をサポートするシステムの開発に携わる。

業績としてクーパーヒューイット美術館(米国NY州, 2018)やSiggraph(カナダ, 2018)など展示や、文化庁 メディア芸術祭審査員推薦作品(2014)やGolden Art Hack Award(2014)などの受賞がある。