Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Momoyo Kaijima who co-founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. The Tokyo-based firm is well known for it’s light, multifunctional design aesthetic combining a focus on urban conditions with the relationship between space and its inhabitants. Kaijima and Tsukamoto are teaching an Advanced Studio at Columbia GSAPP during the Spring 2017 semester, and Kaijima delivered a public lecture at the School in April 2017.
In this 9th episode of GSAPP Conversations, Kaijima talks about the relationship between research and practice as it is made visible in the books they’ve published (including Made in Tokyo), the difficulty and rewards of working in the Fukushima area following the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident, and her interest in working across generations to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between buildings and their inhabitants.
“Architecture itself is very static and hard, but it is changed and transformed to be more active by the surroundings. … How buildings are animated for the people and by the people – this kind of research is really, really important to making a kind of critique for today’s method of architectural design.”
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Lecture date: 2005-01-19
Atelier Bow-Wow is a Tokyo-based architecture firm, founded in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima. The firm is well known for its domestic and cultural architecture and its research exploring the urban conditions of micro, ad hoc architecture.
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima established Atelier Bow-Wow in 1992 in Tokyo, researching and designing small hybrid architectural structures of a type that they have defined as pet architecture. Their Mini House won a Tokyo Architect Societys Gold Prize in 1999. Their publication Pet Architecture Guide Book encourages a re-appreciation of Tokyo's small buildings and neglected urban spaces, the kind often overlooked (in both senses) by contemporary architectural culture. It follows their influential book Made in Tokyo which documented what they termed the real city, those anonymous buildings which give a priority to stubborn honesty in response to their surroundings and programmatic requirements, without insisting on architectural aesthetic and form.
Tsukamoto is an Associate Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Kaijima is Assistant Professor at the University of Tsukuba Art and Design School. Both were recently Visiting Professors at Harvard GSD.
Introduced by Shin Egashira.
The Spring 2017 Open House features Tokyo-based architecture firm, Atelier Bow-Wow. Founded in 1992 by Momoyo Kajima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. The internationally recognized firm has emerged as one of Japan's leading practices. Known for their light, multifunctional design aesthetic, Atelier Bow Wow couples a focus on the urban condition and the relationship between space and inhabitant to create a modest richness in each project.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.
Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow) interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010. Produced by the Institute of the 21st Century with support from ForYourArt, The Kayne Foundation, Brenda R. Potter, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto founded Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo with Momoyo Kaijima. He presents a Mellon Lecture on his concept of Architectural Behavior, which investigates the physical responses to natural elements such as light, air, heat, wind, water, human behavior related to custom, and the way in which buildings relate to the city and their surroundings.
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, qui a fondé l'Atelier Bow-Wow à Tokyo avec Momoyo Kaijima, présente une conférence Mellon sur sa notion de comportement architectural, dans laquelle il examine les réponses physiques apportées aux éléments naturels tels que la lumière, l'air, la chaleur, le vent, l'eau, les comportements humains liés aux coutumes et les liens qui unissent les édifices à la ville et aux alentours.
Recorded: November 3, 2010
In this excerpt from his lecture, co-founder of Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, discusses White Limousine Yatai, House & Atelier Bow-Wow, and Pony Garden. Tsukamoto explores the concept of “architectural behaviorology” in the firm’s recent and current work. “Behavior,” as defined by Tsukamoto, can include human behavior inside and outside of buildings; physical phenomena produced by different environmental elements such as light, air, heat, wind, and water; and a building’s behavior in its surroundings. “Architectural behaviorology” aims to understand the behaviors of those different elements in order to synthesize them, optimizing their performance in their specific contexts and suggesting a new idea of the “organic” in architecture.
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto co-founded Atelier Bow-Wow in 1992 with his partner Momoyo Kaijima. The pair’s interest lies in diverse fields ranging from architectural design to urban research and the creation of public artworks. The practice has designed and built over 20 houses, public museums, and commercial buildings mainly in Tokyo. In recent years it has expanded its works internationally including France, Denmark, and the United States. Pet Architecture Guidebook and Made In Tokyo published in 2001 were amongst many urban research studies that lead to the experimental project “micro-public-space,” a new concept of public space, which has been exhibited across the world at events such as Biennales in Sao Paolo, Venice, Istanbul, and Liverpool.
The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.
In Japan, architects are looking beyond the city in order to reinvent their practice. In this documentary series, Kayoko Ota visits some of the rural sites where this experimentation is taking place, interviewing practitioners to understand how this posturban turn might help articulate a new architecture for today.
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Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima) work with an expanded practice of architecture that integrates historical analysis and ethnography with building design and construction. Recently, they have been applying this methodology to help revive the small fishing village of Momonoura, which was devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In this video, Tsukamoto and Kaijima talk about how their research in the village has provided them with a new model for engaging with the city back home, and how their experience running a fishermen’s school has shifted their perception of the agency one has as an architect.
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