Archinect - News 2016-12-03T18:47:46-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149976140/surveying-the-failure-of-utopian-ideals-in-tokyo-s-nakagin-capsule-tower Surveying the failure of utopian ideals in Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower Julia Ingalls 2016-11-01T12:32:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T22:46:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/75/75mfawbx3imtlels.jpg" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite its potential for easy refurbishment and adaptability, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/340537/nakagin-capsule-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nakagin Capsule Tower</a> has not exactly fulfilled the hoped-for mission of its designers. A team of documentary filmmakers recently attempted to stay in the tower, only to find the majority of its units without plumbing or much in the way of livable amenities. As the narrator laments, "Maybe nowhere else is the gap between the utopian 1960s and 70s dream of the future and the reality of life in the 21st century as acutely felt as right here." Check out the full, thoughtful video here:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973139/help-fund-this-kickstarter-for-3d-printed-maps-of-tokyo Help fund this Kickstarter for 3D printed maps of Tokyo Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/au/aum16jfdgvpmwbkx.jpg" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The confluence of Google mapping, 3D printing and the desire for inventive home decor has produced a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1875462194/one-hundred-tokyo-full-color-3d-printed-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> for One Hundred Tokyo, a fully-fledged three dimensional map of Tokyo that is divided into 100 handy pieces. Pick your favorite palm-sized square(s) or collect all 100; it's up to you and your available display space. Nonetheless, these minutely detailed urban segments are cool/notable both for their immediacy and their accuracy; Zenrin, the same urban data providers that work with Google Maps and Microsoft, have "specially equipped vehicles" that compile the metropolitan deets used to produce the models.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wy/wya4mgvfji2ppb6d.jpg"></p><p>What else is going on with 3D printing? So glad you asked:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956296/curve-appeal-will-be-globe-s-first-freeform-3d-printed-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Curve Appeal" will be globe's first Freeform 3D printed house</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947412/earth-s-first-3d-printed-office-created-in-17-days-for-half-the-labor-cost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968301/japan-gunning-for-tokyo-to-take-on-driverless-vehicles-by-2020-olympic-games Japan gunning for Tokyo to take on driverless vehicles by 2020 Olympic Games Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-13T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-17T00:37:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9f/9fb4f98e33faa4ad06946f73045ef8f0.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo-based Dynamic Map Planning will undertake the task of mapping out roadways in the highest detail to date (featuring such useful insights as curb location, lane height, and limits on turning), intended to be 20 times as precise as current maps [...] The company will also lead the effort to equip Tokyo with digital infrastructure that will allow self-driving vehicles to pick up on factors that can change or appear in their surroundings as often as every few minutes or even seconds</p></em><br /><br /><p>More autonomous driving news from around the world:</p><ul><li><a title="Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965464/airbus-promises-autonomous-flying-taxis-in-the-very-near-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future</a></li><li><a title="Tesla Model S driver suffers fatal crash while using autopilot, in first known death involving an autonomous vehicle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955408/tesla-model-s-driver-suffers-fatal-crash-while-using-autopilot-in-first-known-death-involving-an-autonomous-vehicle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Model S driver suffers fatal crash while using autopilot, in first known death involving an autonomous vehicle</a></li><li><a title="Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?</a></li><li><a title="Germany's railway sees future in harmony with driverless cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945080/germany-s-railway-sees-future-in-harmony-with-driverless-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany's railway sees future in harmony with driverless cars</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965085/first-look-at-mad-s-newly-built-clover-house First look at MAD's newly built Clover House Justine Testado 2016-08-24T18:02:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:03:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gy/gy7slu7ekgpu06uj.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over one year after its groundbreaking ceremony, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127791434/mad-blurs-boundaries-with-the-clover-house-kindergarten-and-teacher-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clover House</a> is now complete. Built next to a rice paddy field in Okazaki, the family-run kindergarten marks MAD's first project in Japan. Siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara, who originally operated the kindergarten from their family's two-story house,&nbsp;commissioned MAD to redesign the home into a new kindergarten that can provide a nurturing learning environment.</p><p>Wrapped in a white exterior shell, the Clover House's organic form and haphazardly placed windows are meant to evoke a sense of playfulness, as if it were&nbsp;&ldquo;designed from a child's point of view,&rdquo; stated MAD founder Ma Yansong.&nbsp;&ldquo;We wanted to create a playful piece of architecture that would stay in the memory of the kids when they have grown up.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xo/xoo4qick9ob8b6r5.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/63/63pr2troe37vucng.jpg"></p><p>During special occasions and school activities, the kids can doodle on the exterior shell as a way to create memories of their time there,&nbsp;MAD partner and Clover House lead architect Yosuke Hayano <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127791434/mad-blurs-boundaries-with-the-clover-house-kindergarten-and-teacher-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously told</a> Archinect. Students...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962767/live-in-muji-s-window-house-for-two-years-for-free Live in Muji's Window House for two years, for free Justine Testado 2016-08-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T20:48:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bp/bpdpcnwu9joyfuer.jpg" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Still dreaming about living in one of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/208476/muji" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>'s pre-fab houses? That wish can come true for one lucky person, and maybe their family or friends. The lifestyle brand is currently accepting applications for a two-year residency in a new test model of Muji's Window House in Kamakura&mdash;rent-free and fully furnished.</p><p>Unlike <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Vertical House</a> that was designed to squeeze into Tokyo's tight spaces, the Window House can enjoy more wiggle room in areas with less urban density. The seaside town of Kamakura has a population of approximately 174,000, while Tokyo boasts about 13.6 million.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yx/yxxkrph01aq9vue0.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nk/nk6v26aqejrevmww.jpg"><br><em>Photos via Spoon &amp; Tamago.</em></p><p>As its name states, the two-story Window House has windows on all four sides that are strategically positioned to allow for optimal airflow and natural light. Although Muji will cover the expenses, the winning applicant &mdash; whether it's a single person, a group of friends, or a family &mdash; will have to provide feedback about their experience to staff in an ongoing monitoring process. On top of t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961108/airbnb-turns-to-urban-planning-as-it-looks-towards-the-future-of-home-sharing Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T00:59:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y6/y6v8gdp4rpdrwqmv.jpg" width="632" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, Airbnb is revealing a new division tasked with inventing new futures for the company, called Samara. Airbnb is also unveiling Samara&rsquo;s first project: a communal housing project designed to revitalize a small town in Japan. That model isn&rsquo;t meant to be a one-off. After this project, Airbnb will look to scale it to other declining small towns across the world. The idea is that Airbnb could become a force not only in sharing homes, but in urban planning.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7wfkzc58ty4r3hi.jpg"></p><p>Airbnb's experiment in urban planning was sparked by the success of an elderly woman in a rural Japanese town, Tsuyama Okayama,&nbsp;who listed her home on the site. While near Japan's most famous cedar forests, the town didn't receive many tourists.</p><p>But build it and they will come: soon, tourists flocked to the rural idyll. Enough tourists, in fact, that the woman's neighbors secured gigs as hiking guides, translators and tour guides.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2ad7zlmopv485ouu.jpg"></p><p>Later, Airbnb worked with architect Go Hasegawa to design a community center where tourists could stay. Designed for an exhibit,&nbsp;<em>House Vision</em>, which paired architects with companies, the center will be trucked to Yoshino in Nara Prefecture in October.&nbsp;</p><p>The building, which was built with local materials and labor, will be located near a wide stream where tourists can observe local fishermen at work.</p><p>"If this works, there are a lot of villages in Japan that could benefit," says Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75uqa5esmbisjymw.jpg"></p><p>For more on Airbnb and its urban influence, check out these...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957656/take-a-look-at-spatial-bodies-a-surreal-vision-of-urbanity Take a look at 'Spatial Bodies', a surreal vision of urbanity Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T13:43:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:47:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gp/gp25amh1ebx7qba4.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Spatial Bodies</em>&nbsp;was created by AUJIK, a self-described "mysterious nature/tech cult," with music composed by&nbsp;Daisuke Tanabe. Filmed in Osaka, Japan, the video is "the urban landscape and architectural bodies as an autonomous living and self replicating organism," according to the description on Vimeo.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/v2/v2ldyw1iqqouuoa6.gif"></p><p>"Domesticated and cultivated only by its own nature," read the description. "A vast concrete vegetation, oscillating between order and chaos."</p><p>According to their Vimeo page, AUJIK has been around since the 1990s, "quietly [spreading] across video platforms featuring proposed active members and fabricated histories."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/0v/0v6knfqm4fh0ce5u.gif"></p><p><strong>Check it out below:</strong></p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/174312351" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spatial Bodies</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/qnqaujik" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AUJIK</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956777/demolished-tokyo-apartment-building-the-holy-land-of-manga-to-be-rebuilt-as-a-museum Demolished Tokyo apartment building, the "holy land of manga," to be rebuilt as a museum Alexander Walter 2016-07-08T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:48:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/315be1ccbb8262a12365f33cc0527088.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An apartment building known as the &ldquo;holy land of manga&rdquo; due to its famous former tenants is to be rebuilt and opened as a museum of manga and anime in Tokyo&rsquo;s Toshima Ward. Tokiwaso, which was demolished more than 30 years ago, will be reconstructed in a park [...] Past occupants included &ldquo;God of manga&rdquo; Osamu Tezuka, the author of &ldquo;Astro Boy,&rdquo; who lived there in the 1950s; Fujiko Fujio of &ldquo;Doraemon&rdquo; fame; &ldquo;Cyborg 009&rdquo; creator Shotaro Ishinomori; and &ldquo;Osomatsukun&rdquo; artist Fujio Akatsuka.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952687/tour-hundreds-of-japanese-architectural-models-by-the-likes-of-shigeru-ban-and-kengo-kuma-at-tokyo-s-archi-depot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour hundreds of Japanese architectural models by the likes of Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma at Tokyo's 'Archi-Depot'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/33421/student-works-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: Jimenez Lai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956719/plans-unveiled-to-save-aberdeen-home-of-mitsubishi-founder Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder kplatzgummer 2016-07-08T09:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:10:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tx/txim3t9gbw2jxlql.jpg" width="605" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A top businessman has offered to help restore the home of [Thomas Blake Glover] a Scottish pioneer who became one of the most famous merchants in Japan [...] If anything can be done to restore Glover House we will be prepared to do it and we have made an offer to contribute to the house reopening in his memory [...] the building would be turned into an &ldquo;ideas hub&rdquo;, which could be used to strengthen business links with Japan - with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The home of Thomas Blake Glover in Japan gets 2 million (!) visitors a year and is an important heritage site,&nbsp;representative for the scottish-japanese history of industrialisation.The Glover's house in Aberdeen is in a reversed situation.&nbsp;It has fallen into a state of disrepair and is in desperate need of restoration. Now, the Founder of the Thomas Blake Glover Foundation, Anne Malcolm, welcomed the proposed renovation work. She said: &ldquo;It is very important that the Glover House should be kept for posterity as it&rsquo;s very important historically."</p><p>There have been no serious historical dramatisations of Glover&rsquo;s remarkable life and role in the Japanese history. Glover, equipped with enthusiasm for his modernising energy, had the willingness to act and negotiate in unfamiliar and dangerous surroundings in late 19th century Japan. The preservation project in Aberdeen aims to keep a architectural record of this famous Scot.</p><p>More informations Thomas Blake Glover offer an essay and a documenta...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952687/tour-hundreds-of-japanese-architectural-models-by-the-likes-of-shigeru-ban-and-kengo-kuma-at-tokyo-s-archi-depot Tour hundreds of Japanese architectural models by the likes of Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma at Tokyo's 'Archi-Depot' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-20T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T14:57:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1e/1e93fef8bdc4cd286346d396f431d9e4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum, which will open on Tennozu Isle in&nbsp;Tokyo&rsquo;s&nbsp;Shinagawa district will not only be a place for these models to be displayed, but also act as an effort to preserve them. The space will be lined with over 100 shelves to display their permanent collection, in addition to special exhibits. Each model in the museum will be accompanied by a QR code which can be scanned using a smartphone to access more information about the structure, including photos of the completed work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="http://archi-depot.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archi-Depot</a>&nbsp;museum originated from the Archi Depot Foundation (founded last year by Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Center companies), with the core purpose of conveying to a general public the significance and artistry inherent to the architectural model-making process. Before opening the museum, the Foundation staged an exhibition at the 2015 Triennale di Milano.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a title="Washington University in St. Louis to phase out styrene next fall, students express mixed reactions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941413/washington-university-in-st-louis-to-phase-out-styrene-next-fall-students-express-mixed-reactions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington University in St. Louis to phase out styrene next fall, students express mixed reactions</a></li><li><a title="To preserve cultural memory, these Syrian refugees recreate lost monuments in miniature " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145267758/to-preserve-cultural-memory-these-syrian-refugees-recreate-lost-monuments-in-miniature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To preserve cultural memory, these Syrian refugees recreate lost monuments in miniature</a></li><li><a title='Photo archive of "Blade Runner" model shop shows remarkably convincing replicants hard at work' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123282173/photo-archive-of-blade-runner-model-shop-shows-remarkably-convincing-replicants-hard-at-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo archive of "Blade Runner" model shop shows remarkably convincing replicants hard at work</a></li><li><a title="Building Wes Anderson's &quot;Grand Budapest Hotel&quot; out of 50,000 Legos" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102865833/building-wes-anderson-s-grand-budapest-hotel-out-of-50-000-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" out of 50,000 Legos</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942776/the-700-year-old-climate-data-recorded-by-japanese-monks The 700-year old climate data recorded by Japanese monks Nicholas Korody 2016-04-28T13:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:03:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7i/7infwy2c90zxh7ky.jpg" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When [Lake Suwa] freezes over, daily temperature changes cause the ice to expand and contract, cracking the surface and forcing it upward into a ridge [...] Every year since at least 1443, the priests who live at the shrine on the edge of Lake Suwa have carefully recorded the date the ridge appears. In 1693, on the other side of the world, a Finnish merchant named Olof Ahlbom started recording the date and time of the spring ice breakup on the Torne River [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"When scientists want to glimpse the climate of the ancient past, they almost always have to use indirect evidence&mdash;changes in tree rings, ice-core layers, or pollen deposits. But the ice records from Japan and Finland, which are the longest of their kind, give us a more direct look at the climate our distant ancestors experienced."</em></p><p>Climate science is a much more interdisciplinary project than one might imagine. Henry David Thoreau's notes from Walden document changes in annual blooming times. Pieter Breugel the Elder's paintings record climatological events, in particular the "<a href="http://www.spectator.co.uk/2014/12/climate-change-bruegel-style/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Little Ice Age</a>."</p><p>For more on the complex business of studying our planetary abode:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122586756/did-florida-ban-environmental-workers-from-talking-about-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Florida ban environmental workers from talking about climate change?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116047218/relocation-or-adaptation-is-a-2-degree-limit-for-global-warming-not-enough" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: Is a 2-Degree Limit for Global Warming Not Enough?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942319/aspiring-japanese-surgeons-build-tiny-models-to-get-hired Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:54:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hk/hk0xh3ytj5q7pxw1.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget the life and death drama of heart transplant surgery&mdash;what about the insane pressure to expertly fold a piece of origami in under 15 minutes? Located in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s Okayama prefecture, Kurashiki Central Hospital&nbsp;is holding fierce recruitment competitions in which surgeons must assemble tiny models&mdash;in one case, a piece of sushi with a single grain of rice&mdash;to demonstrate their fine motor skills (and coolness in a complicated deadline situation: sound familiar, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81150050/model-a-short-film-exploring-the-future-of-model-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">model builders</a>?). Here's the video of the tryouts:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T14:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:43:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hz/hzfwisk4argzv2z5.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers on Monday chose logo A &mdash; a stark indigo-and-white checkered circle &mdash; as the games&rsquo; replacement emblem after the original design was scrapped last year amid claims of plagiarism. The Tokyo 2020 Logo Selection Committee chose the logo from a shortlist of four following a competition open to any resident of Japan aged over 18. Almost 15,000 entries were submitted. The winning logo was designed by Asao Tokolo, a 46-year-old artist [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The design comprises 45 interconnecting pieces forming a checkered pattern known as ichimatsu moyou. Use of the color indigo is intended &ldquo;to express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.&rdquo;"</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141822933/2020-tokyo-olympics-panel-launches-nationwide-call-for-new-logo-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design</a></p><p>More stories about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146053608/did-kengo-kuma-copy-elements-of-zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Kengo Kuma copy elements of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143971347/zaha-hadid-issues-disappointed-statement-on-tokyo-olympic-stadium-decision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143940071/kengo-kuma-selected-for-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940693/a-6-4-magnitude-earthquake-has-just-struck-japan A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has just struck Japan Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T13:21:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85v80f00a05z6aqk.jpg" width="650" height="525" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A powerful earthquake&nbsp;has struck southern Japan, causing casualties and collapsed buildings. According to&nbsp;Japan's Meteorological Agency,&nbsp;the quake hit at 9.26 pm and was centered seven miles east from&nbsp;the town of&nbsp;Mashiki in the Kumamoto prefecture.&nbsp; Initial reports placed the quake at a magnitude 6.4, but this was later downgraded to 6.2&nbsp;by the US Geological Survey. A number of&nbsp;"strong" aftershocks have also been&nbsp;reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Japanese news agency Kyodo, at least 40 people are seeking medical treatment, one woman is in critical condition, and others may be trapped beneath rubble.</p><p>Some images from social media are already showing the destruction:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gt/gtcz4n3p8vapiqnp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ti/tixbvpjqdnrkvrm6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g4/g4h23whg0ocb05wv.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934866/kazuyo-sejima-envisions-camouflaged-design-for-seibu-s-new-bullet-train Kazuyo Sejima envisions "camouflaged" design for Seibu's new bullet train Justine Testado 2016-03-15T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T04:44:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p4ho7r4sd4yxbom8.jpg" width="650" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Working with [Seibu Group's] design team, [Sejima] has proposed a concept for [their] 'Red Arrow' series that would be one with the environment, melding into the background as it travels through city and countryside. The plan represents a sharp deviation from train designs of the past, which have emphasized a bold, striking look through slick lines and bright colors. In contrast, Sejima has chosen keywords like 'friendly' and 'soft' to define her new vision for express trains in Japan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147268743/watch-sanaa-s-river-project-come-to-life-in-this-time-lapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch SANAA's "River" project come to life in this time-lapse</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142364483/first-glimpse-sanaa-wins-over-sn-hetta-for-budapest-s-new-national-gallery-ludwig-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First glimpse: SANAA wins over Sn&oslash;hetta for Budapest's new National Gallery + Ludwig Museum</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141895196/cut-away-confusion-from-your-nyc-commute-with-these-beautiful-subway-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146053608/did-kengo-kuma-copy-elements-of-zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium Did Kengo Kuma copy elements of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-18T18:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T19:59:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3d/3d2316929f9079588ec6116ffd9c4fdc.jpg" width="600" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In the design, I would like to say there are no similarities at all,&rdquo; Kuma told reporters when asked about Hadid&rsquo;s claims. [...] &ldquo;The conditions set for the competition mean that automatically some similarities emerge ... the concept is completely different, so it is absolutely a different building, despite the similarities&rdquo;. [...] Hadid&rsquo;s office is reportedly consulting lawyers, and said it would &ldquo;take legal action if our concerns are not promptly addressed to our satisfaction&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the contentious issue of architectural copyright and intellectual property, make sure to check out:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145189824/never-the-same-river-twice-experimental-preservation-and-architectural-authorship-with-jorge-otero-pailos-on-archinect-sessions-47" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47</a></li><li><a title="Should architecture strive for originality? Can it ever achieve it?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141764344/should-architecture-strive-for-originality-can-it-ever-achieve-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should architecture strive for originality? Can it ever achieve it?</a></li><li><a title="Hey, that's mine! Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions's Legal Correspondent, on who owns architectural designs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120443448/hey-that-s-mine-brian-newman-archinect-sessions-s-legal-correspondent-on-who-owns-architectural-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hey, that's mine! Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions's Legal Correspondent, on who owns architectural designs</a></li><li><a title="Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145735758/tokyo-olympics-refusing-to-pay-zaha-hadid-for-work-on-the-national-stadium Tokyo Olympics refusing to pay Zaha Hadid for work on the national stadium Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T14:55:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:11:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tp/tpwsodrd2z3ner2h.jpg" width="650" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are refusing to pay a British architect for her designs for its main stadium unless she gives up the copyright and signs what amounts to a gagging order, it has been claimed. Zaha Hadid Architects, which won the original contract to build a state-of-the-art national stadium in the Japanese capital, has reacted angrily to the attempt by the Japan Sports Council to effectively seize ownership of the copyrighted designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>New details continue to emerge from the dispute between Zaha Hadid Architects and the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is rapidly shaping up as one of the most acrimonious conflicts that the profession has witnessed in decades.<br><br>According to <em>the Telegraph</em>, the Japan Sports Council (JSC) is refusing to pay the British architect and her firm for the work they completed after initially winning the competition to design a new Olympic stadium. Documents sent to ZHA now demand the firm acquiesce ownership over their copyrighted design as well as sign what sources say amounts to a "gag order."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zi44617t2rw6yl9s.jpg"><br><br>According to the report,<em>&nbsp;</em>the revised contract agreement stipulates that the JSC is "allowed to use any product of work ... regardless of its copyright." <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12063431/New-Tokyo-Olympic-stadium-has-remarkable-similarities-to-British-architects-original-plan.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For some</a>, this amounts to admitting that the Kengo Kuma-design borrows heavily from the ZHA stadium, in particular with regards to the entrance, the geometry of the stadium, the landscape design, and structural layout.</p><p>The "gag order" implied...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145195457/another-bittersweet-look-at-hotel-okura-s-legacy-as-redesign-is-underway Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway Justine Testado 2016-01-07T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-07T16:16:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s4/s43i2pnd9amvibov.jpg" width="640" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company promised to &ldquo;faithfully reproduce&rdquo; several beloved artifacts in the lobby, including wall tapestries, paper lanterns and sliding doors, the lacquered furnishings and map of time zones...But those plans have done little to assuage the concerns of preservationists, many of whom contend that Tokyo is destroying its greatest postwar architectural assets to accommodate the 2020 Olympics and a recent surge in tourism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times profiles the historic Hotel Okura Tokyo, which began reconstruction last September, much to the dismay of preservationists worldwide. The Times covers its modernist legacy and the pressures of the real estate and tourist market that Tokyo can't avoid.</p><p>Previous news about the Hotel Okura:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141014066/hurry-if-you-want-to-own-a-piece-of-tokyo-s-iconic-modernist-hotel-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurry if you want to own a piece of Tokyo's iconic modernist Hotel Okura</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143940071/kengo-kuma-selected-for-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T02:01:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T15:57:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nz/nzit6xal7hvmedp9.jpg" width="650" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government on Tuesday picked a design by architect Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium, a building that is expected to become the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. One of two short-listed entries and identified until now only as design A, Kuma&rsquo;s plan was a joint submission in partnership with construction giant Taisei Corp. The competing design, identified as design B, was by architect Toyo Ito [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iz/izn6mnwzoda9ykxr.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143448952/kengo-kuma-toyo-ito-rumored-to-be-designers-behind-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last week's rumors</a> turned out to be true - the winning <strong>Design A</strong> was indeed developed by Kengo Kuma &amp; Associates, beating out Toyo Ito's less successful&nbsp;<strong>Design B</strong>.</p><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143971347/zaha-hadid-issues-disappointed-statement-on-tokyo-olympic-stadium-decision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143448952/kengo-kuma-toyo-ito-rumored-to-be-designers-behind-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma &amp; Toyo Ito rumored to be designers behind new Tokyo Olympic Stadium proposals</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143448952/kengo-kuma-toyo-ito-rumored-to-be-designers-behind-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium-proposals Kengo Kuma & Toyo Ito rumored to be designers behind new Tokyo Olympic Stadium proposals Alexander Walter 2015-12-15T17:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:25:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/up/up2ywnl0fi43uyr0.jpg" width="600" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wood latticework, green shrubbery, sunken sports fields and temple-like touches can be seen in the two final design proposals for Tokyo&rsquo;s controversial new Olympic Stadium. [...] The new proposals [...] are more understated in style and also smaller in physical form compared to the originally commissioned design. [...] The agency has not named the firms behind the two final designs, although unconfirmed local media reports stated that they were Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2xuwffews5zntqw.jpg"></p><p><strong>Design A </strong>- rumored to be by the office of Kengo Kuma.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cl/cldtltzntupza1as.jpg"></p><p><strong>Design B </strong>- believed to come from Toyo Ito's firm.</p><p>Which design is your immediate favorite? Who is going to <em>finally </em>build the Japan National Stadium? Let us know in the comment section.</p><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143940071/kengo-kuma-selected-for-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136962417/zaha-hadid-ineligible-to-participate-in-tokyo-stadium-design-build-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141822933/2020-tokyo-olympics-panel-launches-nationwide-call-for-new-logo-design 2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design Justine Testado 2015-11-24T13:58:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:06:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k6/k6f132kppjrhnkt1.jpg" width="630" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'We&rsquo;re expecting at least 10,000 applications this time,' said Ryohei Miyata, head of the selection committee. Only 104 applications were accepted for the previous competition. Applicants this time only have to be 18 or older and a resident of Japan. The committee will accept an entry by a group if the leader of the group meets the age and resident criteria, meaning that people younger than 18 can still take part.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee ran into accusations of plagiarism with their first logo for the Games, the committee is at it again with a second call for submissions. But this time around, they're inviting virtually all residents of Japan to submit their ideas for a new logo, regardless of design experience.</p><p>More recent news on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140292045/tokyo-s-2020-olympics-won-t-have-zaha-but-it-s-looking-like-there-will-be-robot-taxi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136962417/zaha-hadid-ineligible-to-participate-in-tokyo-stadium-design-build-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition</a></p><p><a title="Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141014066/hurry-if-you-want-to-own-a-piece-of-tokyo-s-iconic-modernist-hotel-okura Hurry if you want to own a piece of Tokyo's iconic modernist Hotel Okura Alexander Walter 2015-11-13T14:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-13T14:51:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9x/9xz2o7tyqwixfb1i.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those former guests and architectural buffs who lamented the demolition of the iconic Hotel Okura Tokyo, they can soon preserve a piece of it in their homes. Hotel officials plan to sell on the Internet some of the furniture and fixtures used in the guest rooms and restaurants during the main building's 53-year history, with the proceeds going to charity. [...] The 11-story main building, which opened in May 1962 [...], was called &ldquo;a masterpiece of Japan&rsquo;s modernism architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139474588/dominique-perrault-presented-with-the-2015-praemium-imperiale-gold-medal-for-architecture Dominique Perrault presented with the 2015 Praemium Imperiale gold medal for architecture Justine Testado 2015-10-21T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T17:24:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ta/tarvu8f3o2re71in.jpg" width="650" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following last month's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136344582/dominique-perrault-to-receive-2015-praemium-imperiale-arts-award-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46086/dominique-perrault-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Perrault</a> was presented with the 2015 Praemium Imperiale Arts Award medal for architecture during a formal ceremony today in Tokyo. Comparable to the Nobel Peace Prize, the prestigious award celebrates extraordinary achievement in the fields of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film.</p><p>In recent years, the prize was awarded to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111338785/steven-holl-receives-praemium-imperiale-international-arts-medal-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, David Chipperfield, Henning Larsen, Ricardo Legorreta, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, and Peter Zumthor, to name a few.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v2/v2o5grmct4kc3mf0.jpg"></p><p>Alongside Perrault, the Praemium Imperiale medals were also presented to four notable cultural figures: Japanese-born British pianist <strong>Mitsuko Uchida</strong>; French ballerina <strong>Sylvie Guillem</strong>, German sculptor <strong>Wolfgang Laib</strong>, and graphic designer and artist <strong>Tadanori Yokoo</strong>. The 2015 Grant for Young Artists award (5 million yen) will go to Myanmar's <strong>Yangon Film School</strong> (headquartered in Berlin).</p><p>In addition to the specially-designed gold medals, the laureates received a testimonial letter from ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139392573/japanese-architecture-and-engineering-firms-going-all-in-on-apple-ios Japanese architecture and engineering firms going all-in on Apple iOS Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-20T16:40:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:19:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ze/zeevz12g3n07b0qv.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The corporate shift toward iPads has occurred rapidly over the past year, thanks in part to Apple's high profile global partnership with IBM. Major design firms that already use Graphisoft ArchiCAD have also been quick to adopt iPads to make use of BIMx Docs, a mobile companion app. Apple has specifically profiled Daiwa House Industry, Japan's largest homebuilder, as a major enterprise iPad adopter, detailing how the company uses iPads and custom iOS apps for everything...</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from Apple:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138032380/apple-s-next-hok-designed-silicon-valley-spaceship-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed</a></li><li><a title="Apple announces new iPad Pro aimed at creative professionals" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136343758/apple-announces-new-ipad-pro-aimed-at-creative-professionals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple announces new iPad Pro aimed at creative professionals</a></li><li><a title="Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li><li><a title="Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110815874/why-steve-jobs-obsessed-about-office-design-and-yes-bathroom-locations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136962417/zaha-hadid-ineligible-to-participate-in-tokyo-stadium-design-build-competition Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition Justine Testado 2015-09-18T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lf126rujhxnhyxu5.jpg" width="650" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the headache-inducing whirlwind regarding Japan's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New National Stadium</a> for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Zaha Hadid Architects and Japanese engineering company Nikken Sekkei announced their ineligibility to participate in the design-and-build competition for the stadium's redesign. Why? Because they couldn't secure a construction company for their consortium, which they struggled with after ZHA's previous design&nbsp;was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scrapped</a>, mostly due to an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inflated &yen;252 billion&nbsp;price-tag</a>. ZHA's latest announcement follows a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">snazzy 23-minute video</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://94.185.143.134/ZHAPress/ZHA_Japan_National_Stadium/03_New%20National%20Stadium%20Report_August%202015.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a 91-page report</a> they put out last month, wherein they asserted their case for Japan to keep the previous stadium design. Earlier this month, the team intended to submit a new bid for the project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zj5huvgml181q6b8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6d/6doqoifx4izmfwp9.jpg"></p><p><em>From Zaha Hadid Architects' New National Stadium Report - August 2015.</em></p><p>But not too surprisingly, ZHA's announcement on their ineligibility is no swan song for their involvement in the project, and they continue to convey the same sense of determination. Despite...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136344582/dominique-perrault-to-receive-2015-praemium-imperiale-arts-award-for-architecture Dominique Perrault to receive 2015 Praemium Imperiale Arts Award for architecture Justine Testado 2015-09-10T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T14:50:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j8/j8evlw7fdjfzftdc.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46086/dominique-perrault-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Perrault</a> is the 2015 architecture laureate for the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award, as announced by the Japan Art Association today. Bestowed by the Japan Art Association since 1988, the award celebrates the association's 100th anniversary and honors the late Prince Takamatsu, who was a patron for 58 years and had faithful commitment to the arts.</p><p>The Praemium Imperiale recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts, and its list of winners include 134 legendary cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. The prize also comes with a cash prize of 15 milion yen (approx. US$122,000). As expected, the list of architecture laureates is of a high caliber, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111338785/steven-holl-receives-praemium-imperiale-international-arts-medal-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, David Chipperfield, Henning Larsen, Ricardo Legorreta, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, and Peter Zumthor, to name a few.</p><p>Alongside Perrault, the 2015 Praemium Imperiale laureates include four cultural figures: Japanese-born British pianist <strong>Mitsuko Uchida</strong>; French ballerina <strong>Sylvie Guillem</strong>, Ger...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577264/plans-for-japan-s-tallest-skyscraper-announced Plans for Japan's tallest skyscraper announced Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-06T14:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1p/1pbn30ri8x3assrg.jpg" width="650" height="926" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan&rsquo;s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both as a centerpiece of a major business district and tourist destination, officials said Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Tokyo architecture news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines" target="_blank">Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:05:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0e/0e2gova57fqjxpak.jpg" width="650" height="529" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake, starting next week. Over the course of the past 53 years since its opening on May 20, 1962, the Okura, located in Toranomon, has earned an unsurpassed reputation both at home and abroad as a luxury hotel to represent Japan. The hotel said in a statement that it will maintain the Japanese traditional aesthetics and the basics of the architecture style of Hotel Okura.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul><p>And before the wrecking ball ends an era of Japanese 1960s Modernism to make way for the <em>new</em>, shiny, 41-story, $836M Okura Hotel,&nbsp;here a few more impressions of all its glory on the way out.</p><p>Rest in peace, old friend, and say hi to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/29855/demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the ones we've lost</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1lumj7kdc18zwvyd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2myk5ksaigtecxuk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7k2xx8ro5o0yojj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4glgmcz2uko837x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxfqg5ye3cix1gux.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gcmx4rhkzrrp6ytr.jpg"></p><p>All images via <em>Monocle Magazine</em>'s <a href="http://savetheokura.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">savetheokura.com</a> petition site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T12:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T11:02:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2fb14d3ca77a7b361db7ae91c5d4c38e.jpg" width="650" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government hopes to cap the cost of building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at &yen;155 billion, much lower than the &yen;252 billion projected under a recently scrapped plan [...]. The government intends to make sure that the stadium will be built by April 2020. But given the International Olympic Committee&rsquo;s request that the venue be built by January of that year, it plans to ask a yet-to-be-named contractor to propose shortening its construction schedule, the sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the troubled New National Stadium Tokyo in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566359/zaha-hadid-reportedly-not-giving-up-on-tokyo-stadium-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-13T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T22:02:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eb/eb79a0b3b8e293cc2df20f30be90693d.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kakutani is the main farmer behind "Tokyo Salad,"&nbsp;the Metro&rsquo;s new farming enterprise, farming that takes place underneath the Tozai Line. [...] Tokyo Metro started hydroponic farming this past January. They&rsquo;re currently selling the lettuce varieties to a local Italian restaurant and The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel. Over the next couple years, they&rsquo;re hoping to expand. Maybe they&rsquo;ll start selling to grocery stores, and maybe Kakutani says, "we&rsquo;ll make salads or smoothies.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More innovations from Japan:</p><ul><li><a title="Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></li><li><a title="Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms</a></li><li><a title="Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul>