Nothing like a public deadline to spur creativity!
A group of professors and students will be presenting work in progress on the projects they have undertaken in response to the Tohoku disaster. As part of that the students from this studio are going to put up simple boards to show off their work so far and give an idea of what the school is up to.
The group will be talking at a symposium organized by the Japan Center for Economic Research, with topics ranging from the economic impact of shutting down the nuclear power grid, to reconstruction efforts, and ideas about how to go solar. It should be a nicely multi-disciplinary event, and for those who are interested will be streamed live in both English and Japanese, Japan time 10:00 am to 16:30 July 18, 2011. I assume this is not convenient for anyone outside Japan so will post an update after the event.
keio university's architecture program is probably the best kept secret in the country. Hidden away on a campus an hour from tokyo the curriculum is wide open and connected to a campus-wide project aimed at community-driven innovation. students of economics can take courses in architecture and vice versa but we all are expected to take part in real projects somewhere in the world. there are a few starchitects on the faculty but mostly we are hoping to make a difference.