The Architect, The Archive, The Researcher, and The Institution

Event, in English and Japanese, Embassy of Canada to Japan, Tokyo, 8 November 2019, 5pm

The CCA collection is a repository of ideas, provocations, inspirations, trials, and errors. It is also an important source for scholarship and a reflection on architecture and society. Join us in Tokyo for a seminar on research projects advanced by archival work within our collection.

Mirko Zardini, Giovanna Borasi, and Kayoko Ota will present the CCA and its extensive collection and research programs. Scholars, architects, and curators based in Japan who have taken residency at the CCA in recent years will share their research interests and the discoveries they made in the CCA collection.

The presentations will be followed by a discussion on how archival materials can contribute to the generation of new ideas for contemporary debates in architecture.


Thomas Daniell (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University)
“Avant-garde Encounters: Japanese Architecture Exhibitions at the IAUS in New York, 1978–81”

Chieko Hirano (Professor, University of Yamanashi)
“Materials, materiality and imagination in the process of making exhibition”

Itaru Hirano (Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama)
“Possibility of Impossibility”

Izumi Kuroishi (Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo)
“Design for Society, Design from Society: The socio-political significance of minimum-size housing and prefabrication in Japan in a global context”

Yu Momoeda (Yu Momoeda Architecture office)
“Interacting with Nature”

The event is free and open to the public.
Places are limited, so please RSVP before 4 November. Non-registered guests will not be permitted entry to the Embassy.

Doors will open at 4:30pm.
Please bring a Government-issued photo ID, such as a passport or driver’s license, to enter the Embassy.

The event will be held in English and in Japanese. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

The seminar is organized by CCA c/o Tokyo and hosted by the Embassy of Canada to Japan.

Oscar Peterson Theatre
Embassy of Canada
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-8503, Japan


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