在合作的这一年，赵扬将应邀在“共有家园 (Home-for-All)”开展为期一年的协作。该项目由妹岛和世与其他日本著名建筑师策划, 以应对2011年日本海啸灾难所造成的住房危机。“共有家园”为那些无家可归的灾民在临时定居点提供了交流聚集的场地。赵扬将加入由建筑师、设计师、学生和商人组成的团队，在建设临时性建筑物时，充分将当地社区的愿景列入设计范围。
After a global search, Kazuyo Sejima has selected Chinese architect Yang Zhao as her protégé for a year of collaboration as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. This is the first year that architecture has been included as a discipline in the programme that pairs established professionals and emerging voices in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.
Over the course of a year, Zhao will work on Home-for-All, a project created by Sejima and other leading Japanese architects in response to the housing crisis following the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Home-for-All provides communal gathering places at temporary housing sites for displaced people. Zhao will join the teams of architects, designers, students, and tradesmen who incorporate the wishes of the community when constructing the temporary buildings. "Yang Zhao puts much care into each of his projects, which are most often located in the outskirts of the city, so that they have a relationship with their context. I look forward to seeing what he would bring to the project in the Tohoku region," Sejima said.
Yang Zhao, 32, started an architectural practice, Zhaoyang Architects, in 2007. His current projects include working on two buildings in the rural area of Yunnan Province, China. He has a master's degree in architecture (with distinction) from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Of the mentorship, Zhao remarked: "It's a gift, but also a job. It's an honour, but also a mission. My objectives are to experience a challenging and creative collaboration process with Sejima-san, to learn from the design culture in Japan, and to make my contribution to the whole reconstruction project," he said. (Photo by Hideki Shiozawa)
HOME-FOR-ALL is a base for those who lost their homes or jobs in the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11th 2011. They are spaces where people can get together and build a new community life. In the weeks following the earthquake a group of architects, led by Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima and Riken Yamamoto established a volunteer organization working with younger architects to help make a difference and build HOME-FOR-ALL community houses in the disaster area.
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic programme that was set up in 2002 to make a contribution to global culture. The programme seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Over the past decade, Rolex has paired mentors and protégés in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and – as of 2012 – architecture. This year, Rolex sponsored Kazuo Sejima 100,000 euros. Among many candidates from all over the world, Kazuo selected Yang Zhao, planning to design and build up Home for All in Kensennuma, Miyagi, Japan.