Archinect - News 2017-07-24T18:54:30-04:00 In Tokyo, Brand-Name Stores by Brand-Name Architects Nam Henderson 2016-03-14T01:03:00-04:00 >2016-03-14T01:04:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="830" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many local architects complain that these high-end follies are not serious architecture, but gimmicky flash. In many cases they are right. But that&rsquo;s O.K. Form, as any architect will learn, follows function. In this case it&rsquo;s selling a name and a mystique.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sam Lubell visited Tokyo for some "<em>architectural shopping</em>", taking&nbsp;in the works of&nbsp;many architecture stars (including Herzog and De Meuron, Toyo Ito, Sanaa&nbsp;and MVRDV), for global luxury brands. Thus the requisite trips to sites in&nbsp;Omotesando and Ginza.</p><p>If you were looking for "<em>spectacular, game of architectural one&ndash;upmanship</em>"&nbsp;in Tokyo where would you visit? Over at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Map Tour Guide Central</a>&nbsp;(an old feature from 2007), Ludwig Abache offered-up a "<a href=";spn=0.008559%2C0.018132&amp;t=h&amp;hl=en&amp;msa=0&amp;z=16&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;om=1&amp;mid=zkoL8kPztqs4.kEl2HnvpZ3MQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">version of 'ICON's Magazine Architectural Trail'&nbsp;Aoyama and Harakuju.</a>"</p> 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="" width="600" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wood latticework, green shrubbery, sunken sports fields and temple-like touches can be seen in the two final design proposals for Tokyo&rsquo;s controversial new Olympic Stadium. [...] The new proposals [...] are more understated in style and also smaller in physical form compared to the originally commissioned design. [...] The agency has not named the firms behind the two final designs, although unconfirmed local media reports stated that they were Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Design A </strong>- rumored to be by the office of Kengo Kuma.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition</a></li><li><a href="" 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> Exclusive: Graham Foundation announces winners of 2015 Grants to Organizations Julia Ingalls 2015-08-11T09:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:59:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="508" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From Kiev to Los Angeles, from mind-bending artist&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Graham</a> to stately architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graham Foundation</a> has announced the 49 international winners of its 2015 Grants to Organizations. Each year, the Foundation gives out two sets of grants: one for individuals including architects, writers, and artists, and one specifically for organizations, such as museums, universities, publishers, and trusts. The grant categories include film, exhibitions, public programs, and publications. This year, $496,500 was awarded to 49 winners from a competitive pool of 200 entries featuring both emerging and established organizations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In keeping with the Graham Foundation's mission to foster innovative explorations of architecture and art, the winning projects encompass a variety of perceptual and investigative terrain, from the MoMA's exploratory exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> and other Japanese architectural firms, to the creation of several new projects for this fall's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architectur...</a></p> Christopher Hawthorne's "infatuation" with Toyo Ito Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-23T13:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:25:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an era when many architects are acclaimed for impressive rhetoric or jaw-dropping computer renderings &mdash; or both &mdash; [Ito] has earned his following in purely architectural terms. He knows how to build, to shape space in a way that respects traditional craftsmanship and seems utterly contemporary. [...] That odd and productive co-dependence of design and place, architect and site, is a relationship that doesn't really exist in any other art form.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="620" height="372" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Mexico’s $105m Baroque Museum denied environmental permit Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:25:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Mexican federal agency has denied the environmental permit to allow the construction of the $105m International Baroque Museum in Puebla, less than a month after the groundbreaking ceremony. The project, designed by the Japanese architect and 2013 Pritzker Prize-winner Toyo Ito, was deemed &ldquo;not applicable&rdquo; by Semarnat&rsquo;s (the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources) General Directorate of Environmental Impact and Risk.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Toyo Ito to receive 2014 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture Justine Testado 2014-03-17T15:03:00-04:00 >2014-03-18T09:36:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="956" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renowned Japanese architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture. Hosted by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture</a>, the annual award recognizes achievements in fields that Thomas Jefferson -- the 3rd U.S. president, author of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of UVA -- excelled in and highly regarded.</p><p>Ito will formally receive the medal on Friday, April 11, instead of the traditional date of Jefferson's birthday on April 13. He will also be speaking in a translated public talk at 3:30 p.m. in the UVA Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.</p><p>Here's more info about Toyo Ito:</p><p>"After studying architecture at the University of Tokyo, Ito worked in the office of prominent Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake until founding his own Tokyo-based office, Urban Robot, in 1971, later renamed Toyo Ito &amp; Associates. Ito&rsquo;s practice has completed a wide range of projects, from small-scale housing to seminal public works,...</p> The Building After - Artforum talks with this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Toyo Ito Archinect 2013-09-06T16:52:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:42:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="656" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our way of life is still based in twentieth-century ideas, specifically a modernist philosophy that assumes we can use science and technology to conquer nature. So we try to isolate ourselves from nature; our cities are completely segregated from the environment. [...] That kind of modernist thinking has reached its limit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Toyo Ito’s Pritzker Prize Acceptance Speech Alexander Walter 2013-05-30T21:18:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T01:09:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this year in March, it was announced that Japanese architect Toyo Ito would join the ranks of the architecture Gods and be honored with the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Last night now at a festive ceremony in Boston's John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, he finally received his coveted medal and $100,000 grant from Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which has sponsored the prize since its founding in 1979.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Following is Ito's full acceptance speech in English:</p> <p> "Good evening ladies and gentlemen! I am thrilled and honored to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in the presence of so many dear friends and distinguished architects from around the world.&nbsp; It is also a special pleasure to be here, in the John F. Kennedy Library, on the birthday of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President. I do believe this is the best day of my life so far!</p> <p> I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude first to the Pritzker Family: Mrs. Cindy Pritzker, Mr. Thomas J. Pritzker, and Mrs. Margaret Pritzker. I also thank the jury members, Lord Peter Palumbo, Mr. Alejandro Aravena, Mr. Juhani Pallasmaa, Mr. Glenn Murcutt, Mr. Stephen Breyer, Mr. Yung Ho Chang, and Ms. Martha Thorne.</p> <p> At the same time, being here in Boston, I cannot help but think of the bombing that happened here last month. Please allow me to offer my condolences to the victims and to all of those whose lives were affected by those horrific events.</p> ... Editor's Picks #308 Nam Henderson 2013-03-26T16:23:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T14:50:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="564" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archinect published work from Beyond Prototype, an advanced digital fabrication seminar developed at Columbia University...Nicholas Cecchi was impressed but also offered some criticism "This is amazing student work...However, I would like architecture schools to stop pushing students to contextualize this kind of research-based exploration. Showing these as enclosures (or the one as a gondola) only undermines the amazing generative capacity of this kind of design"</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest edition of the Student Works feature, Archinect published work from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond Prototype, an advanced digital fabrication seminar developed at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation by Jason Ivaliotis and Nicholas Kothari</a>. In the course "<em>Students develop parametrically controlled tessellations and transform them into building component systems that can be built using conventional sheet stock materials. These tessellated systems are extracted from the digital realm and built at full scale</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Cecchi</a> was impressed but also offered some criticism "<em>This is amazing student work. The craft and quality is great, and the theory behind it is impressive. However, I would like architecture schools to stop pushing students to contextualize this kind of research-based exploration. Showing these as enclosures (or the one as a gondola) only undermines the amazing generative capacity of this kind of design. These should not be taken liter...</em></p> Toyo Ito announced as recipient for 2013 Pritzker Prize Paul Petrunia 2013-03-17T16:09:00-04:00 >2013-04-01T16:11:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1104" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For nearly 40 years, Toyo Ito has pursued excellence. His work has not remained static and has never been predictable. He has been an inspiration and influenced the thinking of younger generations of architects both within his land and abroad.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Contrary to the popular choice of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, in this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Bets</a> thread in the Archinect forum, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> takes the prestigious award. Credit goes to members jk3hl, miesian and helenakeys for their insightful predictions (or hopes, to be more accurate).</p> <p> Steven Ward says, "Yep, there's def a grudge against Holl..."</p> <p> There's no denying, however, that Toyo Ito is deserving of the Pritzker. Perhaps Holl's year is next.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Tower of Winds, 1986, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan<br> Photo by Tomio Ohashi</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>The 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Ceremony Will Be Held in Boston at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy Library</a>.</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>Some comments from this year's jurors:</strong></u></p> <p> <em>Toyo Ito, his manner, methodology, and generosity of mind and spirit to the younger generation of architects; as well as the brilliance of the constant innovation and execution of his work throughout his long and distinguished career, are qualities that those younger architects would do well to study. Toyo Ito is, quite simply, a ma...</em></p> Toyo Ito’s Flatware for Alessi Archinect 2013-01-23T20:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-23T20:35:56-05:00 <img src="" width="612" height="612" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Ito, the Japanese architect whose team won a Golden Lion Award at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale for its concepts for new housing after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, recently designed flatware called Mu. Introduced in Paris by the Italian company Alessi, the pattern complements Ku, the delicate porcelain service Mr. Ito created for Alessi in 2006.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Video of Toyo Ito's lecture, "What Was Metabolism? Reflections on the Life of Kiyonori Kikutake" Archinect 2012-10-18T12:46:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:15:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Metabolist Movement in the 1960s established the foundation from which contemporary architecture in Japan has emerged up to the present. Even today, the visionary architectural and urban projects created by the leading Metabolist Kiyonori Kikutake continue to shine brightly, according to Toyo Ito. In this lecture, he will consider Metabolism&rsquo;s significance today through his rereading of Kikutake's works of that time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata Archinect 2012-10-18T12:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:15:21-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="870" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Home for All&rdquo; for Rikuzentakata is a gathering place for those who lost their homes in the tsunami-devastated city in Iwate Prefecture. The project was led by architect Toyo Ito, who collaborated with younger Japanese architects, Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, and Akihisa Hirata.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From the School Blogs: Arigatou gozaimasu, Mohsen-sama! Archinect 2011-08-27T19:25:22-04:00 >2011-08-29T13:43:05-04:00 <img src="" width="350" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this semester&rsquo;s Paris studio offering, we have made plans to continue the Study Abroad Program in Tokyo for the Spring 2012 term. Toyo Ito will instruct the studio, focusing on the tsunami-hit area of Japan.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sendai Mediatheque | Why One Remained Standing Paul Petrunia 2011-05-09T19:21:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T12:40:11-04:00 <img src="" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture rarely goes viral on the Internet, but a video of Toyo Ito's Mediatheque in Sendai taken at the height of the Japanese earthquake has had an extraordinary run as an eyewitness and vertigo-inducing account of what it was like to be inside a building during the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here to view the video</a>, previously <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported and discussed on Archinect</a>.</p>