2008 Hampyeong World Butterfly & Insect Expo, KoreaTheme: Small World Makes The Future
Event period: April 18, 2008 ミ June 1, 2008 (45 days)
Venue: Expo Park, Hampyeong-eup, Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Sponsor: Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Supervision: Foundation for Hampyeong World Butterfly & Insect Expo Organization Committee
Number of estimated visitors: About two million
Event contents: Academic work, trade, exhibition, official events, performance and experience fields linked to the environment, ecology, butterflies and insects etc.

About 1.3 million people visited "Hampyeong World Butterfly & Insect Expo"held in South Korea for 45 days from April 18, 2008. Japanese and South Korean's volunteer staff did all efforts for holding and the management of "Birdhouse exhibition". For instance, display, maintenance, and removal of the Birdhouses. A lot of people made the procession on holiday because the birdhouse exhibition was popular. Hanae mori , Fashion designer visited the birdhouse exhibition at the first day. She seems to have been interested in the birdhouse.


People waiting in line to enter the Birdhouse Pavilion


The Birdhouse Exhibition was held through collaboration of Japan and South Korea, and showcased about sixty works by the world top creators and artists along with the birdhouses made by the children and students of South Korea. Students and educators of Japan and South Korea had an opportunity to know each other at hands-on attractions such as メBirdhouse Science Cafe.モ Birdhouse Project sincerely hopes that the ties of solidarity created by this exhibition will continue to grow in anticipation of better global environment in the future.

Interior view of the Pavilion

 Layout of Birdhouse Project Exhibition

・List of exhibits (Comments and illustrations by Mr. Kim Tou Gen)

Birdhouse Exhibition Events in Session

"Science Cafe" held on May 4th

Science Cafe was originally an idea developed by Duncan Dallas, former television producer, in Leeds, England in 1998 to invite scientists to talk about science in a relaxed atmosphere. The goal of the event is not to come up with an answer but to find and share problems among the scientists, designers and citizens based on a common ground. About fifty participants of professors, students, and general public were divided into four groups, and made proposals for the future of the global environment.

"Workshop for Grown-ups who Believe They Cannot Draw but Wish They Could" held on May 17th

The instructor of this illustration class was Mr. Kim Tou Gen who provided explanatory illustrations of the concepts of the Birdhouse works, and there were about 20 participants including students studying childcare. Mr. Kim was in charge of the production of illustrations in total of five expositions including Japanユs Government Pavilion of Aichi Expo in Nagoya, and has been producing many illustrations for about seventy occasions in museums, science museums, and exhibition pavilions all over Japan.

Workshop "Letユs Make a Birdhouse" held on April 19th and May 31st

This workshop was intended for children to make nature-friendly birdhouses using waterproof 100% recycled paper.


Birdhouses list that is scheduled to be exhibited to Exposition

the theme

Participating artists

Architect-Designed Birdhouses

Tadao Ando, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman, Neil M. Denari

Industrial Designer-Designed Birdhouses

Andrea Branzi, Seymour Powell, Tucker Vimeister, Stefano Giovanoni, Tatiana S. Samoylova, Angelo Cortesi, D'urbino & Lomazzi, Sudhakar Nadkarni

Space Designer-Designed Birdhouses

Marc Cohen,Phil Hawes,Larry Bell,Thomas W. Garvey,Brand Griffin,David Nixon,Pat Rawlings

Airport Designer-Designed Birdhouses

RFR/Jean-Francis Blassel+Henry Bardsley+Kieran Rice+Bernard Vaudeville, Kisho Kurokawa, Yoshihiko Sano+Kozo Abe+Koichi Ando, Curtis W. Fentress+J.H.Bradburn, Kazunori Sameshima, Nicholas T. Grimshaw, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano

Car&Yacht Designer-Designed Birdhouses

ALFA ROMEO, I.DE.A institute, Target Design, Toshiaki Okamoto+Ichiro Fudatsuji+Kouichi Akuta+Katsunori Sasaki+Kenji Ikeda, ZAGATO, Andrea Vallicelli, Bruce R. Johnson(Sparkman & Stephens), Martin Francis, Alberto Gambel, Marco Bonetto (Bonetto Design), Roberto Piatti (Stile Bertone)

AI Creators-Designed

Luc Steels, ChrisLangton, Silvano Colombano, Hitoshi Mastubara, Rebecca Flanders, A. Scott Howe

Museum Designer-Designed Birdhouse

Alessandro Mendini, Richard Gluckman, Odile Decq, Axel Schultes , Will Alsop, Cesare Maria Casati

Space Designer-Designed Birdhouses

Constance M. Adams,A. Serkan Anilir,Olga Bannova, Annalisa Dominoni, Maria Joao Durao,Cecilia Hertz,Arturo Vittori+Andreas Vogler, Seiichi Onobori, Akito Sogame

Work toward the Birdhouse Exhibition in keeping with the theme, "Earth is a Birdhouse"

The Birdhouse Project is conducted by volunteer staff. This year's "Birdhouse Exhibition" was also made possible by the volunteers from both Japan and South Korea everything from setting up, management, and removal of the exhibition. The first staff meeting was held in autumn of 2007, and many volunteer staff including representatives and directors were involved to prepare for the opening.

October 27th, 2007 Meeting with Mr. Park Jisoo and Mr. La Hong Che representing the Hampyeong World Butterfly & Insect Expo Organizing Committee in Hampyeong, South Korea.

February 11th, 2008 Meeting with Korea Expo staff in Osaka

Based on the changes in global standard in January 2008, packing material is being changed.

Outline of the specified nonprofit organization Birdhouse Project

2nd Floor Koizumi Sangyo Building, 3-3-7, Bingo-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi 541-0051
-Date of incorporation
April 4, 2002 (started as the Birdhouse Project Executive Committee in 1993)
-Honorary members
Tadao Ando, Takemochi Ishii, Shinya Izumi, Kenji Ekuan, Fumio Kawase, Kiyonori Kikutake, Seitaro Kuroda, Jun Koizumi, Heizo Takenaka, Shin Matsunaga, Minoru Mori, Reiko Yukawa
-Supporting companies
KOIZUMI SANGYO CORP., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., TOPPAN PRINTING Co., Ltd., NIPPONKOA Insurance Co., Ltd.
-Branch offices
Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Helsinki, London, Milan, Portugal, Beijing, Seoul, New York