Archinect - News 2016-06-25T01:14:17-04:00 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 >2016-06-20T13:17:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e93fef8bdc4cd286346d396f431d9e4.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/514x/7i/7infwy2c90zxh7ky.jpg" width="514" height="352" 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/514x/hk/hk0xh3ytj5q7pxw1.jpg" width="514" height="289" 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/514x/hz/hzfwisk4argzv2z5.jpg" width="514" height="342" 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/514x/85/85v80f00a05z6aqk.jpg" width="514" height="415" 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/514x/p4/p4ho7r4sd4yxbom8.jpg" width="514" height="262" 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/514x/3d/3d2316929f9079588ec6116ffd9c4fdc.jpg" width="514" height="308" 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/514x/tp/tpwsodrd2z3ner2h.jpg" width="514" height="302" 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/514x/s4/s43i2pnd9amvibov.jpg" width="514" height="337" 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/514x/nz/nzit6xal7hvmedp9.jpg" width="514" height="271" 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/514x/up/up2ywnl0fi43uyr0.jpg" width="514" height="514" 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/514x/k6/k6f132kppjrhnkt1.jpg" width="514" height="339" 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/514x/9x/9xz2o7tyqwixfb1i.jpg" width="514" height="342" 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/514x/ta/tarvu8f3o2re71in.jpg" width="514" height="410" 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/514x/ze/zeevz12g3n07b0qv.jpg" width="514" height="289" 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/514x/lf/lf126rujhxnhyxu5.jpg" width="514" height="251" 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/514x/j8/j8evlw7fdjfzftdc.jpg" width="514" height="287" 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/514x/1p/1pbn30ri8x3assrg.jpg" width="514" height="732" 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/514x/0e/0e2gova57fqjxpak.jpg" width="514" height="418" 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/514x/2f/2fb14d3ca77a7b361db7ae91c5d4c38e.jpg" width="514" height="350" 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/514x/eb/eb79a0b3b8e293cc2df20f30be90693d.jpg" width="514" height="290" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/133584551/abandoned-schools-new-development-opportunities Abandoned schools = new development opportunities Julia Ingalls 2015-08-05T19:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-10T08:06:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yq/yqvo414rg0jhwkat.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many school buildings that used to house children now just primarily house debris thanks to a precipitous drop in public school enrollment over several decades. One independent website puts the <a href="http://abandonedonline.net/locations/schools/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">figure</a> at over 1,000 abandoned schools in states stretching from West Virginia to Indiana.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nxohhtes9khe3jgf.jpg"></p><p>Some advocate selling the empty buildings to charter schools, while others see the buildings as potential spaces for artists and inventive start-ups. According to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/07/28/426735945/the-struggle-to-breathe-life-back-into-empty-schools" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NPR</a>, "A few deals are in the works to renovate old schools into apartments, offices and artist spaces."&nbsp;In Japan, so-called "<a href="http://readingeagle.com/ap/article/camping-in-former-schools-a-nostalgic-treat-in-japan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">haiko camps</a>" allow adults to camp overnight in refurbished former schools to both satisfy nostalgia and keep the buildings from becoming the eyesores and <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-dead-woman-found-st-0708-20150708-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crime scenes</a> they've become in the United States.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8cxyfiu1gk57xnqj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132949095/zaha-hadid-my-design-for-the-new-national-stadium-is-not-the-problem Zaha Hadid: My design for the New National Stadium is not the problem Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a statement issued on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s website, the project-ending cost of the New National Stadium is not the fault of the design, but rather the "inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors, and a restriction on collaboration between the design team and appointed construction contractors." The stadium, whose controversial design has spawned a series of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">derisive memes</a>, was shut down after officials announced the cost would be 250 billion yen (approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars). The cost <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">shocked</a> design committee chairman <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>, who made a similar statement about the inflated construction costs in Japan.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t34rfhcg1yqo3q1.jpg"></p><p>In her statement, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> goes on to say that the arched roof structure was carefully designed so that it could be built in tandem with the seating bowl, and by Japanese engineering and design team estimates should only cost 23 billion yen. Hadid also notes that due to an increase in&nbsp;the&nbsp;price...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat Alexander Walter 2015-07-24T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:37:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itckki4tbnb47s1q.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completed in March of 2014, Kusukusu [...] is a marvelous feat of architecture, engineering and technology. Working with Hiroshi Nakamura of NAP Architects, the team came in and 3D-scanned hundreds of points on the tree. Based on that 3D data they then created a steel trellis that threaded through the tree, interlocking perfectly [...]. What&rsquo;s amazing is that the treehouse in its entirety, never touches the tree. It&rsquo;s completely self-standing so as to not harm the tree.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more images of the stunner of a treehouse in Atami, Japan designed by master treehouse builder&nbsp;Takashi Kobayashi in collaboration with&nbsp;NAP Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cc72ilezl3jpeagw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2torlh574dy5kbpf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/iv2k1yger6zw9xb6.jpg"></p><p>To learn more and see the complete set of photos, head over to <a href="http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2015/07/23/japans-largest-treehouse-is-a-sprawling-structure-built-around-a-300-year-old-tree/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spoon &amp; Tamago</a>.</p><p><em>Photos by Koji Fujii/Nacasa &amp; Partners Inc.&nbsp;</em></p><p>In other tree-hugging news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130810350/the-public-life-of-the-world-s-celebritrees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:38:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agrpeyaxlorqylwy.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japan has been hungry for alternative energy ever since the 2011 Fukushima disaster made nuclear power an unattractive option in the country, and golf courses just happen to be perfectly suited for solar power &mdash; they're large open spaces that often get lots of sunlight. Kyocera's first project, now under construction, is a 23 megawatt solar plant on a golf course in Kyoto prefecture. When it goes live in 2017, the plant will produce enough power for about 8,100 households.</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/132033618/from-z-to-a-peter-zellner-joins-us-in-the-studio From Z to A: Peter Zellner joins us in the studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-16T18:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T14:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xe/xe602eu7hyphhj9e.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's design for the Eisenhower memorial is finally approved</a>, Zaha Hadid's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Stadium in Tokyo gets cut-and-pasted</a> into some very Japanese situations, and <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/61489142/peter-zellner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a>, Principal and Design Lead of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106465/aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>'s Los Angeles&nbsp;architecture division, and founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/zellnerplus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zellnerplus</a>, sits down for a chat.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c93jyp3hiw9jo5q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w2/w2p1u0asrx0403j8.jpg"></p><p>Listen to episode thirty-eight of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "From Z to A: Peter Zellner joins us in the studio":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-38.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:</p><p>Paul's trip to the races: <a href="http://www.scta-bni.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Timing Association</a></p><p>Take a tour along the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzLBMX7AjYk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballona Creek bike path</a>, from Culver City to the Pacific Ocean</p><p>At the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyMEmPMCgME&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=3h13m44s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Congressional hearing over the Eisenh...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium “I thought, ‘What?’ when I heard it would cost ¥252 billion,” Tadao Ando says about National Stadium Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T23:48:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9w/9ww7oi2mbx3l121j.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World-famous architect Tadao Ando was astonished to learn that the design he chose for the new National Stadium would cost &yen;252 billion to build, he said at a press conference Thursday, where he spoke for the first time since the swelling cost became an issue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/16/us-olympics-japan-stadium-idUSKCN0PQ0IP20150716" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the massive ballooning in the construction costs of <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">relatively unpopular</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed design</a> for Japan's National Stadium are not the fault of the chairman of&nbsp;the&nbsp;design committee, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>: "Soaring construction and labor costs, along with a rise in Japan's sales tax, are blamed for much of the price surge." Ando also noted that&nbsp;&ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t drop Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s design, otherwise we&rsquo;ll lose credibility internationally.&rdquo; The enormous increase in the cost of&nbsp;the&nbsp;stadium is awkward, as the country is&nbsp;still&nbsp;not fully recovered from the devastation of the March 2011 T&#333;hoku earthquake and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39226767/japan-earthquake-before-and-after" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tsunami</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8omsxx86rwspvc3g.jpg">&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T19:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:00:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x3/x3dgqr93vluqumud.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The price tag for 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium is now a whopping $2.1 billion. That&rsquo;s more than the stadiums for the past three summer Olympic stadiums combined. That&rsquo;s pretty silly! So is the stadium&rsquo;s new Photoshop meme.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the current estimated cost for <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> 's stadium design clocking in at more than $2 billion (that's $700 million more than the initial estimate), a <a href="http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150714_04.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent poll</a> by Japanese news network NHK found that "81 percent of respondents say they disapprove of the plan to build the stadium without changing its design." Only 13 percent said that they approved.</p><p>Here are a few of the cheeky Japanese memes <em>critically</em> expressing their discontent with the pricey design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Olympic Stadium</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p8/p8vxk38z40lkgu5n.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/nickjil/status/619761882241458176/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@nickjil</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxiuz6e8fiysk5jw.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/AKID_0831/status/619858403796488193/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AKID_0831</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yl/ylvohpmranyybppz.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/641236A/status/619816252232437760/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@641236A</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/on/onomrlg1q1m2e932.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/nabe_chan_/status/619975351968477184/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@nabe_chan_</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mvp1cobeuudqaa93.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/yuki_japantokyo/status/619849817687113729/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@yuki_japantokyo</a></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://kotaku.com/the-tokyo-olympics-stadium-makes-for-good-photoshops-1717435030" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kotaku</a> for more memes.</p><p>Recently in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130483595/tokyo-will-stay-the-course-with-zaha-s-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo will stay the course with Zaha's Olympic stadium</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131263781/tokyo-visitors-will-soon-be-able-to-watch-shibuya-s-busy-crossing-from-high-above Tokyo visitors will soon be able to watch Shibuya's busy crossing from high above Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T15:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T19:41:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/su30vyw49jio9rba.jpg" width="514" height="507" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s bustling Shibuya district will get a 230-meter high observation deck before the Olympics that could become more famous than its statue of Hachiko the dog or the &ldquo;scramble crossing&rdquo; by the train station, plans unveiled by Tokyu Corp. showed Thursday. [...] Visitors will be able to see the capital&rsquo;s other landmarks, including Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, as well as Mount Fuji on a clear day.</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/130483595/tokyo-will-stay-the-course-with-zaha-s-olympic-stadium Tokyo will stay the course with Zaha's Olympic stadium Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-26T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T18:43:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9p69s3bng1stjy2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two massive arches that form the backbone of the stadium's roof, a feature that critics blamed for raising construction costs, will remain part of the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When confronted with Zaha Hadid's too-big and too-costly design for the 2020 Olympic National Stadium, Tokyo officials decided to go ahead with the designs anyway &ndash; or else, add "too late" to that list of descriptors. Any additional major changes to the design (Hadid <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85005794/hadid-s-stadium-for-2020-tokyo-olympic-games-to-be-scaled-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">already scaled back the design</a> after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83829399/zaha-hadid-s-2020-olympic-stadium-under-fire-from-japanese-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pushback</a> from major Japanese architects) would delay construction too much. Now, construction on the stadium will begin in October of this year, and hopefully be finished by 2019.</p><p>Some background on Tokyo's 2020 Olympic National Stadium:</p><p><a title="Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium slammed as a 'monumental mistake' and a 'disgrace to future generations'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113032564/zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-slammed-as-a-monumental-mistake-and-a-disgrace-to-future-generations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium slammed as a 'monumental mistake' and a 'disgrace to future generations'</a></p><p><a title="Hadid&rsquo;s stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games &lsquo;to be scaled back&rsquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85005794/hadid-s-stadium-for-2020-tokyo-olympic-games-to-be-scaled-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid&rsquo;s stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games &lsquo;to be scaled back&rsquo;</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium under fire from Japanese architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83829399/zaha-hadid-s-2020-olympic-stadium-under-fire-from-japanese-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium under fire from Japanese architects</a></p>