Archinect - News 2014-08-20T03:00:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura Farewell to the Old Okura Alexander Walter 2014-08-15T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T12:58:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5ev1d2zsxkczcy67.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News of the planned destruction of the Hotel Okura building in Tokyo to make way for a larger 38-story glass tower has brought cries of protest in Japan and elsewhere in the world. Monocle, the wide-ranging global magazine, has started a petition to save the old Okura on behalf of &ldquo;all lovers of modern Japanese architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Monocle's <a href="http://savetheokura.com/" target="_blank">savetheokura.com</a> petition website is still up, but it seems that the fate of Ol' Okura has been sealed.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106094093/zipper-fastened-kaleidoscopic-architecture Zipper-fastened kaleidoscopic architecture Alexander Walter 2014-08-08T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T13:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73a3da8515021e2d817626a412902eca.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The installation you see above is a project by Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki called "Wink," their entry into Kobe Biennial's Art Container Contest. The kaleidoscope concept uses mirrors (in keeping with Sir David Brewster's classic), but is also held together by zippers. Shirane and Miyazaki claim this makes it the first "architecture" based on zippers; proving you can create an adaptable, reconfigurable space using the same tech found in your pants.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103718360/typhoon-threatens-japan-s-already-vulnerable-infrastructure Typhoon Threatens Japan's Already Vulnerable Infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2014-07-08T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:29:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0tqjo5ww41xn3bw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Okinawa and Kyushu prepare to take the brunt of what was until Monday categorized as a &ldquo;super typhoon,&rdquo; local infrastructure will be pushed to its limits, especially in Kyushu, where the area is saturated from heavy rains last week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Typhoon Neoguri is the strongest typhoon of the 2014 season, thus far. As it barrels through the Ryukyu island chain and towards mainland Japan, the storm is already taking its toll. Reports claim <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-neoguri-japan-okinawa-pacific-20140708" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25 people have been injured, thousands are without electricity, and 540,000 have been ordered to evacuate to temporary shelters.</a></p><p>Japan is particularly vulnerable as it struggles to recover from the tsunami that led to the catastrophic&nbsp;Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011. While new national policies have temporarily shut down other nuclear facilities, apparently <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/super-typhoon-threatens-three-japans-nuclear-power-plants-1620626" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three are currently at risk from Typhoon Neoguri.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>Scientists believe that <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/07/08/climate-change-global-warming-hurricanes/2498611/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hurricanes and typhoons will continue to increase in severity as global warming raises ocean temperatures</a>. Maintaining aging infrastructure systems will become increasingly difficult in the next few decades, particularly for countries with extensive coastlines. And without them, providing adequate shelter and resources to temporary climate refuge...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102321775/japan-s-toilennale-is-like-the-venice-biennale-but-for-toilets Japan’s Toilennale is like the Venice Biennale, but for toilets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T21:45:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1ae8187e3177da7ee68460950c82880e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oita, a medium-sized manufacturing city in the southwest of Japan, hopes to make its mark&nbsp;next summer as the host of&nbsp;the first Toilennale&mdash;an arts festival celebrating toilets. [...] Tourism is the main focus of the art exhibit, but the Toilennale also promises to improve city services by renovating and beautifying bathrooms throughout downtown, beyond the 12 being turned into installations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it too late for Koolhaas to include the Toilennale in the "toilets"&nbsp;<em>Fundamentals</em>&nbsp;tome?</p><p>Get up to date on Venice Biennale news (toilet and non-toilet):</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/101728824/rem-s-venice-biennale-is-like-being-immersed-in-a-stormy-s-m-l-xl-with-a-glass-of-wine-and-hundreds-of-other-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Terri Peters' coverage</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Round-up</a> of critical reactions from architectural publications</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/100125462/tokyo-takes-new-york-astounding-housing-facts Tokyo Takes New York: Astounding Housing Facts Archinect 2014-05-20T19:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T19:05:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01989ecadeb7a29c000852e7b4004db4.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s extreme housing production and resulting market is a product of Japan&rsquo;s uniquely liberal zoning rules. Taken along with its dense network of profitable, private railways, Tokyo is the closest thing this planet has to a city that has completely surrendered itself to market forces. And its construction numbers show it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/99247324/japan-s-disposable-home-culture-is-an-environmental-and-financial-headache Japan's disposable home culture is an environmental and financial headache Alexander Walter 2014-05-05T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2a7f831b58e898e2aab88fb7c852fd.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That's because, as the economists Richard Koo and Masaya Sasaki show in a report, 15 years after being built the average house is worth nothing. [...] "It's not environmentally sustainable but also not financially sustainable. People work very hard to pay off a mortgage that's ultimately worth zero." [...] It has also produced a huge number of architects, who are kept busy by buyers wanting a new house that reflects their lifestyle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96428903/japanese-commuters-grow-veggies-on-train-station-rooftops Japanese Commuters Grow Veggies On Train Station Rooftops Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T20:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T21:39:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bdedfbefb6466da66d58fc34d44d07d.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rooftop farms have been established all over the world to enable growing food in dense urban areas. In Japan, a whole new kind of an urban rooftop farm was opened recently. Soradofarm is an urban agriculture project that uses the rooftops of train stations to accommodate urban gardens for waiting train passengers that want to use their transfer time to relax and train their gardening skills.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/92943673/atelier-bow-wow-micro-public-space Atelier Bow-Wow: Micro Public Space Nam Henderson 2014-02-06T00:28:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T00:28:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4qlr99s97kwdwy1.jpg" width="185" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What is &ldquo;micro public space&rdquo;?...To date, Atelier Bow-Wow have presented, in exhibition settings, numerous installations featuring small structures, furniture and so on...More than just small buildings, these works are devices supporting the interaction and activities of all sorts of people, and while compact in size, create places open to a diverse audience".</p></em><br /><br /><p>Starting February 15 and running through May 6, 2014, a new exhibition grants a&nbsp;close look at the practice of Atelier Bow-Wow. The exhibit&nbsp;will explore various approaches to public spaces &ndash; via a combination of numerous &ldquo;micro-public-space&rdquo; works actually able to be experienced at the museum and case studies of Atelier Bow-Wow works.&nbsp;In addition to a selection of Atelier Bow-Wow's leading works to date, this exhibition will feature a new piece created specifically for Hiroshima.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92781001/dispatches-from-5468796-architecture-s-table-for-twelve-tokyo Dispatches from 5468796 Architecture's Table for Twelve | Tokyo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-03T19:56:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T21:43:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sax1ypdv4b6m27so.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect is delighted to present&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/77818/5468796-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 Architecture</a>'s travelogue for their award-winning research project,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/355906/table-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Table for Twelve</em></a>. The Winnipeg-based firm received the 2013 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, awarded to emerging Canadian architects with outstanding artistic potential. The $50,000 prize will support the firm&rsquo;s worldwide travels to both strengthen their skills and expand their presence within the international architectural community.</p><p>5468796&rsquo;s<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/355906/table-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Table for Twelve</em></a><em> </em>is a series of dinner parties held at architectural epicenters around the world, in the hopes that picking the brains of local talent will help them identify the drivers behind a strong design culture. Archinect plays host to their global dispatches through this travel blog, updated upon each city&rsquo;s dinner.</p><p>From 5468796, text by Sasa Radulovic:</p><p><strong>THE TRIP</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.5468796.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796</a> Architecture&rsquo;s Sasa Radulovic and Johanna Hurme reflect on the third installment of their Table for Twelve series, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91994835/hiroshi-sugimoto-designs-own-museum Hiroshi Sugimoto Designs Own Museum Alexander Walter 2014-01-24T14:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0a6aa7e2a1ccda8e18529230af35392b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it comes to museums, Hiroshi Sugimoto doesn&rsquo;t mince words. &ldquo;This is the worst space I ever encountered,&rdquo; he told the Journal before opening a retrospective of his work at Seoul&rsquo;s Leeum Samsung Museum of Art late last year. The Japanese artist was especially unhappy about a steep escalator leading down into the main gallery space of the OMA-designed building. &ldquo;Why do that? It&rsquo;s terrible,&rdquo; he lamented. &ldquo;I feel a kind of bad will from this architect.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/90094555/editor-s-picks-348 Editor's Picks #348 Nam Henderson 2014-01-02T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T13:01:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xtw2ejz8zqpq43d.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>flemingr2002 thought a couple of issues were missing "Good list but i am surprised to see gender issues highlighted but the lack of ethnic diversity, especially in design schools, ignored. It would seem that the real issue is white male privilege. -- Also, CO2 has hit 400 parts per million but sustainability is missing from the list. I know its not hip to be into sustainability but at some point, probably too late, architects will finally mobilize to address this very real threat".</p></em><br /><br /><p> It's that time of the year again, so we continued taking a look back at the year 2013 on Archinect by sharing the most trafficked and popular pages in Archinect's diverse online ecosystem, with a list of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/88610415/archinect-s-13-top-13-for-13" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">13 top 13 lists for '13</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qa/qazj2caanj0q6aqr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> Some of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89234233/archinect-s-top-13-architectural-issues-for-13" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 Architectural Issues for '13</a>&nbsp;included; 3D Printing, Flint&rsquo;s Flat Lot Competition results, and the issue of render vs reality, MoMA's decision to demolish American Folk Art Musuem #FolkMoMA and Gender equality and women's rights/recognition in architecture to name a few.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9q3h3g3t6fzdmn3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>flemingr2002</strong> thought a couple of issues were missing "<em>Good list but i am surprised to see gender issues highlighted but the lack of ethnic diversity, especially in design schools, ignored. It would seem that the real issue is white male privilege. -- Also, CO2 has hit 400 parts per million but sustainability is missing from the list. I know its not hip to be into sustainability but at some point, probably too late, architects will finally mobilize to addr...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88476100/editor-s-picks-345 Editor's Picks #345 Nam Henderson 2013-12-10T10:33:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T10:13:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qm/qm6h8qbzukppuj0u.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Space Oddity was conceived by rub-a-dub in 2012, while studying under the DRL at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, a post-professional MArch program. They state that while their proposal "is obviously not a viable option for actual space travel...Lately there has being a lot of noise about space design...We believe a lot of these projects are only solving technical issues". Fred Scharmen was intrigued "Very nice work. Thanks for posting this".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, interviewed <em>rub-a-dub</em> (a team of Sebastian Andia, Rodrigo Chain, Apostolos Despotidis and Thomas T. Jensen) to learn about their project '<em>Space Oddity'</em>,&nbsp;for the latest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong> series.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7t/7tvjsc1d4pboqqwn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85539617/student-works-rub-a-dub-s-space-oddity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Space Oddity was conceived by rub-a-dub in 2012, while studying under the DRL at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, a post-professional MArch program</a>. They state that while their proposal "<em>is obviously not a viable option for actual space travel...the timing is ripe to imagine new versions of living and moving in space...Lately there has being a lot of noise about space design, including contour crafting and 3D printing amongst others. We believe a lot of these projects are only solving technical issues</em>".</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;was intrigued "<em>Very nice work. Thanks for posting this</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4euvtkaf68zn4bp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> The Observer published &lsquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88000434/miami-s-new-vice-an-addiction-to-star-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami's new vice &ndash; an addiction to star architects</a>&lsquo; in which Rowan Moore criticiz...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86071597/interview-with-case-real-architects-of-restaurant-on-the-sea Interview with CASE-REAL, architects of "Restaurant on the Sea" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-13T17:54:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:32:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/5571en8h7p0ybhc5.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Recently featured as part of our&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85780577/showcase-restaurant-on-the-sea-by-case-real" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase</a>&nbsp;series,&nbsp;&nbsp;"Restaurant on the Sea" by CASE-REAL is an elegant restaurant located smack on the coastline of Teshima, a tiny island in Japan's Seto Inland Sea. Opening for the Setouchi Triennale, the restaurant continues to serve local Japanese fare to the island's 1,000 inhabitants, after the art-seeking tourists' exodus.</p> <p> The modest project description left us wanting more, so we asked CASE-REAL to comment on a few of the restaurant's details.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What kind of food will the restaurant serve?</p> <p> <strong>CASE-REAL </strong>(Ritsu Shibata):&nbsp;You can eat Japanese food in this restaurant, using the local ingredients including seafood from Setouchi Ocean. The restaurant serves a lunch menu, along with a prix fixe dinner menu (only with reservation).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nkoeygt5ojfhbl1n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oh/ohfohfxafbfxbf9v.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What was the inspiration behind the public kitchen?</p> <p> <strong>CASE-REAL:&nbsp;</strong>The idea of the "public kitchen" was originally requested by the owner, Ms. Mitsuko Fukutake, who is also a councilor of Fuku...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86293024/nine-hours-in-a-capsule-sleeping-in-a-sci-fi-hotel-that-wants-you-to-leave Nine hours in a capsule: sleeping in a sci-fi hotel that wants you to leave Archinect 2013-11-11T12:31:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:35:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/af0c2ca442e1caa832cd1ee40b3552c1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hotel's name refers to the idea that you'd only need to spend nine hours there &mdash; a radical concept in a world of lodging that offers a host of amenities to tempt you away from the place you're actually meant to be visiting. But the people behind Nine Hours believe you're better off spending as little time as possible under their roof: just one hour to get ready for bed, seven hours to sleep, and one hour to get up in the morning.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85763656/hitoshi-abe-on-place-making-and-layered-formalism-at-ucla Hitoshi Abe on place-making and layered formalism at UCLA Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-05T17:11:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T23:25:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampgqunhifahzxce.jpg" width="514" height="681" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How can we understand a place, and seek to define it? What elements do we identify as components of that place, and how do they interact with each other? In a recent lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hitoshi Abe, chair of <a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA&rsquo;s Architecture and Urban Design department</a>, approached these questions through a study of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106328/atelier-hitoshi-abe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Hitoshi Abe</a>, his design practice located in both Los Angeles and Sendai, Japan. Drawing on Japanese ideas of place-making, Abe conceptualizes his structures not as monoliths of positive and negative spaces, but as a system of layers that collectively define the building.</p> <p> The concepts of &ldquo;space&rdquo; and &ldquo;place&rdquo;, as conceived by Japanese philosopher <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitaro_Nishida" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kitaro Nishida</a>, are part of the objective reality that an individual uses to define themselves -- but instead of that objective reality being based on discrete physical forms, the sense of self arises from a reactive relationship with the space, rather than in opposition to it*. Highlighting internati...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84929437/l-art-de-rosanjin-exhibition-design-by-ryusuke-nanki-tastefully-balances-visual-and-culinary-art “L’art de Rosanjin” exhibition design by Ryusuke Nanki tastefully balances visual and culinary art Justine Testado 2013-10-24T20:19:00-04:00 >2013-10-25T18:26:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hfsoygewwsjmfb8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ryusuke Nanki, a Tokyo-based designer and former student of Shigeru Ban, was the head of production and design for the first European showing of the "L'art de Rosanjin" exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris that happened from July 3 to Sept. 9. The continuous flow of the exhibition space, pillars, and beams are an ode to traditional Japanese architecture, while a soft palette of whites and grays express the sophistication of epicure and artist Rosanjin Kita&ocirc;ji.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84754996/hideyuki-nakayama-s-lighting-shield-design-for-my-thread-film-exhibition-curated-by-eizo-okada Hideyuki Nakayama's lighting shield design for "My Thread" film exhibition curated by Eizo Okada Justine Testado 2013-10-22T13:55:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T22:06:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdy2jn7au1nt56mt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "My Thread - New Dutch Design on Films" is a film exhibition curated by <a href="http://dezain.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eizo Okada</a> and designed by architect <a href="http://www.hideyukinakayama.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hideyuki Nakayama</a>, who also built Okada's Kyoto "O" House and was on the design team for Toyo Ito's Tama Art University Library. As part of one of Japan's biggest design events this past September, the 4th annual DESIGN EAST, the exhibition featured eight films that highlights eight emerging Dutch designers, their backgrounds, and their work process. Aside from Okada's films, another aspect of the exhibition was Nakayama's design of the space.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e49udtiae6uxjild.jpg" title=""><br><br> Set on the top floor of a former shipyard building with no air-conditioning or fans and with eight projection screens, the biggest challenge Okada and Nakayama faced was how to ensure ventilation so viewers can comfortably watch the films. As a solution, Nakayama designed a horizontal lighting shield called "5F".<br><br> Here are the project details from the press release, provided by Eizo Okada:<br><br> "The exhibition will be held at the top-flo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83829399/zaha-hadid-s-2020-olympic-stadium-under-fire-from-japanese-architects Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium under fire from Japanese architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-10T13:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-17T10:20:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4r5f60r2lemaohnx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki has gathered a throng of designers including Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Riken Yamamoto to oppose the design of Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Maki, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1993, has organised a symposium where Japanese architects will protest against the scale of the proposed 80,000-seat stadium, which is set to become the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/82671282/the-world-s-first-inflatable-concert-hall-arrives-in-japan-s-disaster-hit-north-eastern-coast The world's first inflatable concert hall arrives in Japan's disaster-hit north eastern coast Archinect 2013-09-25T12:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T18:23:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f675df616fdec3bff722c819bdcf3dd4.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A giant purple structure believed to be the world's first inflatable concert hall is to open on Japan's disaster-hit north eastern coast. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material that has been erected at a park in the town of Matsushima. The structure, which organisers say is a world's first, measures about 18m and 35m wide when fully inflated with room for about 500 guests.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/82599705/pixy-hall-by-moriyuki-ochiai-architects PIXY HALL by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Justine Testado 2013-09-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2013-09-24T14:08:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v4hmpqujyysqwig8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>PIXY HALL by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects is an engaging multi-purpose space in Kanagawa, Japan for kindergarteners to play and learn. The project won the Japan Kids Design Award in 2010. The playground's brightly colored shapes and tiny spaces to climb under and over look like plenty of fun for the little ones, while its overall clean and simple aesthetic would probably look cool to anyone at any age.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/82080829/david-chipperfield-receives-praemium-imperiale-award-in-architecture David Chipperfield receives Praemium Imperiale Award in architecture Justine Testado 2013-09-17T20:28:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:36:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxq5s4wjaczwvn68.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>British architect David Chipperfield has been named as one of the five laureates in the Praemium Imperiale Awards for 2013. The announcement was made on Sept. 17 in Rome, New York, London, Berlin, Paris and Tokyo.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81298658/tokyo-to-host-2020-olympics Tokyo to host 2020 Olympics J. James R. 2013-09-07T17:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T20:36:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcc738tgu9dcstnl.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japanese capital beats out rival bids from Istanbul and Madrid to win right to host 2020 summer sports extravaganza.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81221626/the-building-after-artforum-talks-with-this-year-s-pritzker-prize-winner-toyo-ito The Building After - Artforum talks with this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Toyo Ito Archinect 2013-09-06T16:52:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:42:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxnxeuyi1gwfaft7.jpg" width="514" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our way of life is still based in twentieth-century ideas, specifically a modernist philosophy that assumes we can use science and technology to conquer nature. So we try to isolate ourselves from nature; our cities are completely segregated from the environment. [...] That kind of modernist thinking has reached its limit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81001951/unstudio-designs-giant-observation-wheel-nippon-moon-for-japan UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel ‘Nippon Moon’ for Japan Justine Testado 2013-09-03T20:35:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:51:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3x7uh77wqy4ez3ul.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UNStudio is in the works of developing the Giant Observation Wheel (GOW) 'Nippon Moon' for a soon-to-be-disclosed location in Japan. Invited by Ferris Wheel Investment, the Dutch studio came up with a user-experience design strategy that balances reality and interactive technology--all while users ride in one of the wheel's 32 capsules.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/76255489/a-recipe-to-live-modern-japanese-straw-house-naturally-heated-by-compost "A Recipe To Live": Modern Japanese Straw House Naturally Heated By Compost Justine Testado 2013-07-02T12:06:00-04:00 >2013-07-02T19:12:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tjau9h5lnp94l54d.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The simple, sustainable design of "A Recipe to Live" easily integrates with the lifestyle and landscape of the dairy farm town Taiki-cho in Hokkaido. Designed by students Masaki Ogasawara, Keisuke Tsukada and Erika Mikami of Waseda University, the project was the winner of the 2011 LIXIL International University Architectural Competition.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/06/a-recipe-to-live-straw-house-waseda-university.jpg"><br><img alt="" src="http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/06/Waseda-University-Students-A-Recipe-To-Live-Straw-House-2.jpg"></p> <p> "A Recipe to Live" is a perfect mixture of pleasing organic aesthetics and practicality that is suitable for life on the pastures. Clean lines and geometric shapes give the shelter durability, while the spacious interior and simple floor plan is ideal for performing everyday tasks or resting.&nbsp;On the other hand,&nbsp;natural tones, soft lighting, and dried straw convey an organic feel that reflect the house's pastoral surroundings. However, even these aesthetic qualities are functional.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/06/Waseda-University-Students-A-Recipe-To-Live-Straw-House-5.jpg"><br><img alt="" src="http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/06/Waseda-University-Students-A-Recipe-To-Live-Straw-House-7.jpg"><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/06/Waseda-University-Students-A-Recipe-To-Live-Straw-House-3.jpg"><br><br> An example--and perhaps the house's most unique feature--is its zero-energy heating and cooling system, which uses only dried straw and agricultural ferm...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68762419/japanese-eco-friendly-building-demolition-method-harvests-energy-as-it-destroys Japanese Eco-Friendly Building Demolition Method Harvests Energy As It Destroys Archinect 2013-03-04T10:45:00-05:00 >2013-03-14T03:56:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xe/xebzmakvouwxdz5o.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than using cranes to take the building apart from the outside, they start from the inside, taking the structure apart floor by floor from the top down. A crane inside the building lowers materials harvested from each floor to ground level, generating electricity to power other equipment in the process. So with Tecorep, higher buildings are actually an advantage, since the crane can generate more electricity lowering materials over longer distances.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64673584/1-8-million-legos-used-to-create-map-of-japan 1.8 million LEGOs used to create map of Japan Archinect 2013-01-02T11:29:00-05:00 >2013-01-02T11:30:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bec165f5d2d8b81ed1eaf73f9d4ed90.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic building blocks being introduced into Japan, LEGO&rsquo;s Japanese subsidiary sponsored a cross-country workshop in which over 5000 people in 6 different regions collaborated to create a gigantic map of Japan.The pieces that were assembled at each site then traveled to Tokyo, where they were put on display for one massive LEGO map.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62324035/historical-homes-that-helped-influence-modernism Historical homes that helped influence modernism Archinect 2012-11-28T12:28:00-05:00 >2012-12-05T15:39:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9129d49b628781993db0626ad2d2a8a6.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Separated by about four centuries and the Pacific Ocean this pair of houses may seem on paper to have little in common. One was an imperial villa in Kyoto, the other a suburban villa in West Hollywood. One is built on Zen principles for the Japanese emperor, the other was built by a central European architect for himself.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Edwin Heathcote discusses the historical relevance of Rudolph Schindler's Schindler House and Kyoto's Katsura Imperial Villa, and how they helpef influence the modern movement.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61746440/designing-the-world-s-greatest-stadium-japan-national-stadium Designing the ‘World’s Greatest Stadium - Japan National Stadium Anna Johnson 2012-11-20T11:11:00-05:00 >2012-11-20T11:12:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90bosb7yvdkiczmr.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As cultural and architectural icons, sporting stadiums are extremely important to a city&rsquo;s built of environment. As such, the structures maintain a high profile and promise acclaim to those who design and deliver them well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/61446872/zaha-hadid-wins-japan-national-stadium-design-competition Zaha Hadid Wins Japan National Stadium Design Competition Archinect 2012-11-15T12:02:00-05:00 >2012-11-29T11:30:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wo/wo3hgyp20hvfkqud.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japan&rsquo;s Sport Council on Thursday awarded a contract to design and construct a centerpiece, billion-dollar national stadium that forms a key part of Tokyo&rsquo;s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games to lauded U.K. firm Zaha Hadid Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60392000/new-national-stadium-japan-competition-unveils-11-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New National Stadium Japan Competition Unveils 11 Finalists</a></p>