Learning from… Tokyo

Lecture, in English, Paul Desmarais Theatre, 26 April 2007 , 7pm

In this lecture entitled Tokyo Nine Flux, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto interprets urban space in Tokyo as a causal chain of responses to flux – natural phenomena such as earthquakes and typhoons that pose a constant threat to the city, and increases in population, traffic and waste.

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto is co-founder, with Momoyo Kaijima, of the architectural studio Atelier Bow-Wow. In addition to design projects, Atelier Bow-Wow is celebrated for their research, published in the volumes Pet Architecture Guidebook and Made in Tokyo, which defines new urban and architectural typologies in Tokyo, where otherwise unrelated elements of the built environment are combined and adapted for utilitarian purposes.

The Learning From… series takes its title from Learning from Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour’s vastly influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.

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