Lecture date: 2006-11-24
'Architecture unifies diverse phenomena that constitute a state of place, manifested contingently as boundary surfaces - like a soap bubble perhaps. Although a soap bubble defines an inside and an outside, its form is simultaneously dependent on the balance between these two environments. Similarly, architecture comprises delicate boundaries that may accommodate the fluidity of various contemporary phenomena. It distinguishes between adjacent conditions and acts as a mobile interface that connects adjoining phenomena.' Hitoshi Abe presents six keywords (Form; Building Type; Body; Soft Boundary; Interface; Foam Space) that are important in his design and tries to categorize his work according to those keywords.
Hitoshi Abe founded Atelier Hitoshi Abe in 1993 in Sendai, Japan, having worked with Coop Himmelblau in LA for several years. Atelier Hitoshi Abe's work has been published internationally and received numerous awards in Japan. Key projects include the Miyagi Water Tower in Shiroishi, the n-house in Tokyo, the Neige Lune Fleur restaurant in Sendai, and Miyagi Stadium in Rifu.
Hitoshi Abe is a professor in the Department of Architecture and Building Science at Tohoku University.
Building on previous sessions, what new curricula might emerge, imagined without the constraints of the current system? A series of educators present their Blue Sky Outlines and lead a discussion to refine it.
Hitoshi Abe, University of California, Los Angeles
Javier Quintana, IE University
Preston Scott Cohen, Harvard University
Barbara Bestor, Woodbury University
William Williams, University of Cincinnati
Since 1992, when Dr. Hitoshi Abe won first prize in the Miyagi Stadium competition, he has maintained an active international design practice based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles, as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing, which placed him among the leaders in his field. Known for architecture that is spatially complex and structurally innovative, the work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been published internationally and received numerous awards in Japan and internationally, including the 2011 Japan Society for Finishing Technology Award for the F-town building, 2009 Contractworld Award for Aoba-tei, 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for the K-Museum, 2009 the Architectural Institute of Japan Education Award, among others. From 2007 - 2016 he was professor and chair of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. In 2010, he was appointed Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan as well as Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.
3rd International Architectural Education Summit
Friday 13th September - Saturday 14th September 2013
New Directions in Architecture Education
CONCLUDING PODIUM DISCUSSION AND CLOSING ADDRESS
Concluding Podium Discussion: 00:00:00 - 02:04:49
Moderator: Michael Mönninger, Professor of History and Theory of the Art of Building and Space, Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig
Panellist: Hitoshi Abe, IAES General Coordinator, University of California Los Angeles
Panellist: Dietmar Leyk, Research Director, ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Panellist: Christoph Gengnagel, Professor of Structural Design and Technology, University of the Arts, Berlin
Panellist: Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Professor and Head of Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
Panellist: Winy Maas, Founder and Director, The Why Factory, Delft University of Technology, Delft
Martha Thorne, IAES General Coordinator, IE School of Architecture, Madrid - 02:04:50 - 02:06:29
Hitoshi Abe, IAES General Coordinator, University of California Los Angeles - 02:06:30 - 02:07:14
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Director ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 02:07:15 - 02:09:28
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 02:09:28 - 02:10:39
UCLA A.UD Lecture Series: Friday, November 1, 2013
Chair, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design; Principal, Atelier Hitoshi Abe Sendai/Los Angeles
Since 1992, when Dr. Hitoshi Abe won first prize in the Miyagi Stadium competition, he has maintained an active international design practice based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles, as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing, which placed him among the leaders in his field.
Known for architecture that is spatially complex and structurally innovative, the work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been published internationally and received numerous awards in Japan and internationally, including the 2011 Japan Society for Finishing Technology Award for the F-town building, 2009 Contractworld Award for Aoba-tei, 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for the K-Museum, 2009 the Architectural Institute of Japan Education Award, 2008 SIA-Getz Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, the 2007 World Architecture Award for M/Kanno Museum, the 2005 Good Design Award for Sasaki Office Factory for Prosthetics, the 2003 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for Reihoku Community Hall, 2003 Business Week and Architectural Record Award for Sekii Ladies Clinic, 2001 Building Contractors Society Award for Miyagi Stadium, and 1999 Yoshioka Award for Yomiuri Media Miyagi Guest House.
Principal of his own firm, he worked with Coop Himmelblau in Los Angeles from 1988 -1992 before founding Atelier Hitoshi Abe in 1993 in Sendai, Japan. He recently opened a second office in Los Angeles, to work on a series of projects outside of Japan including invited competitions and an exhibition installation.
Hitoshi Abe welcomes the audience to an exploration, sponsored by Japan House Los Angeles & SCI-Arc, of what “the future” might mean in the context of the present. He introduces the first speaker, Liam Young.
At 5:26, Liam Young presents clips from narrative and documentary videos, providing a running commentary that alternately describes specific images and identifies general themes, including productive dystopias, technological solutionism, lithium mining in Chile and Bolivia, the dreamlife of render farm workers, intelligent habitations, intelligent objects, and “augmented and A.I.-everything.” He proposes that they all derive from a belief that the future is not something that washes over us, but something we must actively shape and define for ourselves.
At 24:13, Peter Frankfurt discusses Imaginary Forces, noting that since forming as a design production company in 1996 “the world has changed three or four times,” and that the challenge is really to try to keep up, as “the future is designing us.” He demonstrates the rate of change with a clip from “Minority Report” (2002), in which their vision of a gestural interface has gone from impossible to taken for granted. He stresses story-telling as the core of their work, as demonstrated in a brand campaign video for HBO, and a logo animation exploration of Luminous Productions.
At 41:38, Sou Fujimoto proposes a “primitive future,” fusing nature and culture, rural and urban. He reviews several projects in terms of these themes, including …
• Primitive Future House (2001)
• House NA, Tokyo (2011)
• Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (2013)
• Public toilet, Ichihara (2013)
• House N, Oita (2008)
• Musashino University museum and library (2010)
• Learning center for the University of St. Gallen (2022) order and chaos,
• Residential tower, Montpellier (2019)
• The Souk Mirage project
• Residential tower, Nice (2021)
• And two, recently announced mixed-use projects in Paris: Vertical Village and Mille Arbres
At 1:04:39, Hitoshi Abe, Liam Young, Peter Frankfurt, and Sou Fujimoto debate some of the issues raised by the presentations, including types of futures, the future-focus of architectural practice, consumer technology, the future as a sales tool, story-telling, creating options and choices, utopias of the imagination. The participants some of their own future projects.
At 1:34:58, the participants respond to comments from the audience on the urban/rural opposition, unforeseen circumstances, novel forms of production, working with restrictions, narratives, demystification, sustainability, digital revolution, and complexity.
Noted Architects, designers, and cultural leaders share their thoughts on the future of design through a series of short presentations during "L.A. Architecture Month," part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA.
Based out of UCLA A.UD's new satellite facility at the Hercules Campus in Playa Vista, Runway presenters include:
00:00 Hitoshi Abe (Runway Introductions; Chair, UCLA A.UD)
06:25 Frances Anderton (Runway emcee; Host, KCRW's DnA)
10:42 Kimberli Meyer (Director, MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House)
15:42 Paul Petrunia, Director of Archinect
21:31 Heather Roberge (Principal, Murmur; Asst. Professor and Associate Vice Chair, UCLA A.UD)
29:10 David Lai (CEO/Creative Director, Hello Design)
37:02 Bobbye Tigerman (Associate Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, LACMA)
40:30 Intermission with Frances Anderton and UCLA A.UD professor, Greg Lynn
48:40 Christian Moeller: letter read by Frances Anderton followed by film (Artist, Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts)
52:03 Benjamin Bratton (Theorist, Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of California, San Diego)
57:16 Elena Manferdini (Principal, Atelier Manferdini; Design Faculty, SCI-Arc)
1:05:07 Andrew Zago (Principal, Zago Architecture; Design Faculty, SCI-Arc)
1:11:27 Valerie Leblond (Program Director, IDEAS, UCLA A.UD)
1:19:24 Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, MoMA)