Archinect - News 2015-08-29T08:47:05-04:00 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 >2015-08-28T18:26:15-04:00 <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 >2015-08-10T12:09:56-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-11T00:15:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6t52nin7g9tn56rj.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hotel Okura, built in 1962 in time for the 1964 Olympics, is slated to be torn down in September to make way for a bigger, fancier Okura, in time for the 2020 Olympics. (The less-good, less-famous southern wing of the old Okura, added in 1973, will be allowed to stay.) [...] There will never be this particular hush again in the middle of Tokyo. You will have to have been there to know what you will soon miss.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-05T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T18:45:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2q/2qcn8wecpftz5kha.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>while the idea of a fully plumbed potty zooming up and down the sides of a Tokyo skyscraper may seem like Japanese technical ingenuity taken a step too far, in reality this idea is born of reasonable and sensible practical concerns. [...] it remains likely that people will end up trapped in elevators if a large earthquake comes. [...] Japan's elevator industry is among the most advanced in the world&nbsp;... Its toilet industry also leads the world in technical advancements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The below video (available in Japanese and English versions) shows off a version of a elevator-specific toilet:</p><p></p><p>More elevator news:</p><ul><li><a title="Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127120545/installation-of-ultrarope-elevators-begins-at-kingdom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower</a></li><li><a title="In case of fire, use elevators" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123352052/in-case-of-fire-use-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In case of fire, use elevators</a></li><li><a title="Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li><li><a title="Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts</a></li><li><a title="The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128804131/kengo-kuma-architecture-can-initiate-communication-among-people Kengo Kuma: "Architecture can initiate communication among people." Alexander Walter 2015-06-04T23:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T23:58:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5c1c4b22b9f66c3f93d4b2355cef8ac.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo is known for its mix of modern and traditional architecture, but for long-term residents it is easy to feel like the concrete is winning out. [...] The buildings done by&nbsp;acclaimed Tokyo-based architect Kengo Kuma are different. [...] Kuma&rsquo;s campaign to bring Japanese-ness back to architecture has had fascinating results.</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/128712541/rural-japanese-town-applies-creative-depopulation-to-attract-millennials-in-aging-population Rural Japanese town applies "creative depopulation" to attract millennials in aging population Justine Testado 2015-06-03T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:10:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwovwhjxvyosia7s.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As rural Japan battles the twin afflictions of a population that is getting smaller almost as quickly as it&rsquo;s getting older, Kamiyama is one of a handful of towns that is bucking the trend. It&rsquo;s practicing 'creative depopulation' &mdash; trying to make sure it gets younger and more innovative, even as it shrinks, by attracting youthful newcomers who are weary of big-city life to work in new rural industries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title="Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool</a></p><p><a title="Revisiting Sharon Zukin's &quot;Loft Living&quot; and NYC gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124815371/revisiting-sharon-zukin-s-loft-living-and-nyc-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification</a></p><p><a title="Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122837421/renzo-piano-the-future-of-european-architecture-lies-in-the-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs</a></p><p><a title='Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128640228/first-japanese-skyscraper-gets-retrofitted-with-rooftop-vibration-control-system First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T22:34:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/033f0c44033ff4e3ef11d35c0dce7df1.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion &mdash; a phenomenon in which major earthquakes shake skyscrapers slowly but severely &mdash; was shown to the media on Monday after being installed in a 55-story building in central Tokyo. [...] The companies said it is the nation&rsquo;s first rooftop vibration control device against earthquakes.</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/127791434/mad-blurs-boundaries-with-the-clover-house-kindergarten-and-teacher-housing MAD blurs boundaries with the Clover House kindergarten and teacher housing Julia Ingalls 2015-05-23T11:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T04:51:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nubpsh6jv52nb228.jpg" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Exterior becomes interior, public space overlaps with private space, and society is integrated into nature: or is it? These are but a few of the concepts seemingly behind the design of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s Clover House, a Kindergarten adjacent to a Japanese rice paddy field that also serves as a private residence for the teachers of the school at night. The house had its official groundbreaking on May 13th, and has attracted international press attention for its undulating paper-like shell and innovative spatial configuration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yd/yd8f5uvnd6qo24qe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/otroqsifnzmuc7f7.jpg"></p><p>Built over a pre-existing 105 square meter row-house, the MAD design incorporates the existing wooden mass-produced home by removing its walls and draping a new exterior over the frame. This purposefully fosters a sense of community among the schoolchildren, which is in keeping with the school's stated mission to create openness and emotional bonds between its students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0mbn6dfoomx22x7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ks/ks3imhzesogg0hey.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6y6odkwmmugd68zp.jpg"></p><p>But is the design itself actually articulated and reflective of its surroundings, or is it just another flas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design Julia Ingalls 2015-05-12T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T17:56:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96qus826b1js2yyw.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When an architect talks about &ldquo;transparency,&rdquo; as Sou Fujimoto did during his well-attended lecture at UCLA&rsquo;s Decafe at Perloff Hall on Friday, it&rsquo;s always a relief when it refers to more than a literal degree of opacity. Presenting nine of his projects in a lecture than ran ten minutes over time, Fujimoto framed his practice in terms of applying the complex organizational structure of nature to urban environments. Fujimoto grew up in relatively bucolic Hokkaido and later moved to Tokyo, where he perceived the mess of urban density with its skyscrapers and street-level food stalls as a kind of steel and glass forest, replete with pockets of intimacy and inspiring vistas. This central concept of the forest and its alternating layers of transparency and density neatly encapsulates the bulk of Fujimoto&rsquo;s work. But the &ldquo;transparency&rdquo; in Fujimoto&rsquo;s work extends far beyond the stagger of windows and literal glass houses: here is an architecture that seems to embody the 21st notion of priva...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122526485/japanese-government-pushes-for-advanced-technology-in-tokyo-olympic-stadium-including-facial-recognition Japanese government pushes for advanced technology in Tokyo Olympic Stadium, including facial recognition Alexander Walter 2015-03-09T19:54:00-04:00 >2015-03-10T19:17:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vb2hf3su4o6d9noc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants Japan to showcase its cutting-edge technology in the new national stadium being built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Abe made the remark on Monday at a meeting with a study panel on the stadium. [...] Prime Minister Abe [...] said he wants to hear people in other countries calling the new stadium great. Some people have raised concerns about high maintenance costs for the new facility.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While some of that Japanese cutting-edge technology (for example 3D projection) will be found in the entertainment department, other features, like <a href="http://www.biometricupdate.com/201501/tokyos-national-olympic-stadium-to-deploy-facial-recognition-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facial recognition</a>, could enable ticketless entrance and serve security and&nbsp;counterterrorism efforts.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over ‘turtle-like’ Olympic stadium Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:59:00-05:00 >2014-12-21T19:52:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2e7e005d47423b1f14663f85fa058ad4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They don&rsquo;t want a foreigner to build in Tokyo for a national stadium. On the other hand, they all have work abroad. Whether it&rsquo;s Sejima, Toyo Ito, or Maki or Isozaki or Kengo Kuma.&rdquo; Last month Isozaki, 83, wrote an open letter to the Japan Sports Council, the government body in charge of plans for the 2020 Games, in which he attacked the &ldquo;distorted&rdquo; process that has led to &ldquo;a dull, slow form&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113051064/architect-sou-fujimoto-s-futuristic-spaces Architect Sou Fujimoto’s Futuristic Spaces Archinect 2014-11-06T18:57:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T20:03:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e303eb4f8cfe47c1fa30c19fa9d1e20.jpg" width="514" height="659" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fujimoto&rsquo;s goal isn&rsquo;t just to make spaces&mdash;the basic function of architecture&mdash;but to make people relate to spaces in new ways. Watching the couple move around the house, approaching everyday activities with the finesse the unusual design requires, suggests he is well on his way to achieving it.</p></em><br /><br /><p><br><em>The Japanese designer&rsquo;s &ldquo;future primitive&rdquo; structures harmonize nature and built environments, offering radical new versions of walls, ceilings and floors.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113032564/zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-slammed-as-a-monumental-mistake-and-a-disgrace-to-future-generations Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium slammed as a 'monumental mistake' and a 'disgrace to future generations' Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T13:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T13:11:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3a0eb8645acb10b458bc53efc45c6cc5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was supposed to represent a dynamic future vision for Tokyo, flaring up out of the city&rsquo;s Meiji Jingu park in sinuous white arcs. But Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s design for the 2020 Olympic stadium [...] now facing its fiercest public attack yet. [...] In a lengthy open letter to the Japan Sports Council [...] Isozaki rails against the &ldquo;distorted&rdquo; process that has led to &ldquo;a dull, slow form, like a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences Muji's prefab Vertical House now available for Japanese residences Justine Testado 2014-11-03T15:11:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T20:42:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bbzzlos1tjyhgpjh.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MUJI HOUSE, the architectural entity of Japanese design brand <a href="http://muji.us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>, recently released their latest prefab house in Tokyo called the Vertical House. The slender 3-story structure was primarily designed for urban dwellers living within Tokyo's tight living spaces.</p><p>Designed with simple white walls and wooden flooring, the house exhibits the same contemporary minimal aesthetic that Muji's products continue to gain popularity for. The house was built with a timber framework method and an open plan interior with no doors or interior walls. The house also features a kitchen and dining area, a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and large windows that allow for ample sunlight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10md38glgpcgeqqp.jpg"></p><p>Muji isn't entirely new to the prefab house scene. The company worked with prominent Japanese architects like Kengo Kuma for the Window House in 2008 followed by the Tree House in 2009. Muji then worked with Shigeru Ban for the Furniture House during the <a href="http://house-vision.jp/en.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Vision 2013 Tokyo Exhibition</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txn2rb6y7zwv1umq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itc3dlojlbdlgyxl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwkaiai4u2lxtdbd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4dg6dj5d1c65t8m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2p8mivx2llm3ed8.jpg"></p><p><strong>Product details:</strong><br>Name: Vertical Ho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111338785/steven-holl-receives-praemium-imperiale-international-arts-medal-for-architecture Steven Holl receives Praemium Imperiale International Arts medal for architecture Justine Testado 2014-10-15T14:49:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:11:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/op/op95mmkad0gzw0u1.jpg" width="514" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Acclaimed architect Steven Holl received the Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award medal for architecture in a ceremony in Tokyo today. Japan's Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, formally presented the awards to each of the 2014 laureates. Created in 1988, the prestigious Praemium Imperiale recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts in categories that aren't covered by the Nobel Prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2014 laureates also include: South African playwright<strong> Athol Fugard</strong>, Estonian composer <strong>Arvo&nbsp;P&auml;rt</strong>, French painter Martial Raysse, and Italian sculptor <strong>Giuseppe Penone.&nbsp;</strong>The 2014 Grant for Young Artists (5 million yen, or US$50,000) was given to the <strong>Zinsou Foundation</strong> in Benin, West Africa.&nbsp;</p><p>Each recipient was presented with a specially designed&nbsp;gold medal, a testimonial letter from Prince Hitachi, and a cash prize of 15 milion yen (approx. US$150,000).</p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/steven_holl_receives_praemium_imperiale_international_arts_medal_for_archit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110262611/architectural-history-in-tiny-tokyo-capsules Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules Archinect 2014-10-01T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T18:26:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0wqcbomn2eodqev.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan's numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train can catch a few hours' sleep, the 140 units at Nakagin represent a special part of the history of architecture, and one that is worth protecting against plans to tear it down, say campaigners.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We're going to collect donations from all over the world. We're trying to buy each capsule one by one. Each room counts as one vote, to decide what to do," said Masato Abe, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project.</p> 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>