Lecture date: 1977-10-21
Arata Isozaki discusses his work.
After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1954, Isozaki worked for several years with his former teacher Kenzo Tange before establishing Arata Isozaki & Associates in 1963. This practice has been the base from which he has continued to create an architecture so personal in its ideas and spaces that it defies characterization in any single school of thought. At the same time, Isozaki resists the temptation to apply a signature style to his jobs, preferring instead to create architectural solutions specific to the political, social and cultural contexts of the client and site in question. As a critic and jury-member for major public and private architecture commissions and competitions, he has contributed significantly to making the visions of the world's most radical architects a reality. As a writer and theorist, he has been the leading interpreter of global trends and movements for other Japanese designers.
NB: Starts roughly halfway through Isozaki’s lecture. Bad sound and picture quality throughout.
This panel discussion addresses the work of visionary architect Kiyonori Kikutake, a key figure in the Metabolist Movement launched in Tokyo in the 1960s. Moderated by the curator, Ken Tadashi Oshima, Associate Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, will include Mark Mulligan, Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard GSD, and other participants.
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.