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Category: Lectures

1st Year Presentations with David Erdman and Jun Sato

On March 16th, 1st year students had their presentations joined with David Erdman of the University of Hong Kong and Jun Sato, structural engineer after 2nd year Mid-term thesis presentation. Thank you David for your intensive involvement with our studios for such an all day long reviews!

March 9th, 2015: “ALPHABET” Lecture by Thomas Weaver of AA School

On March 9th, 2015, we were very fortunate to have Thomas Weaver, from AA School of Architecture, join us for a whole series of events. Thomas Weaver teaches at the AA School of Architecture in London, where he also edits all of the AA’s books and journals, including the award-winning title, AA Files.
The day’s finale was a lecture by him titled, “ALPHABET.” Brief: This talk will be structured around an alphabet of 26 key images, from A through to Z, Albers through to Zebra, that have appeared over the last eight years through the pages of the architectural journal AA Files. Each image will be presented not only through its immediate place within the journal, but through its pictorial, anecdotal, historiographic and iconographic architectural associations. The effect, hopefully, will be of a varied and eclectic architecture in 26 parts, yet one that still somehow suggests the singularity of a unified, whole project.
Many students attended the lecture and it was followed by a lively round of Q&A. Good times were had by all. Please join us next time. 

Guest Lecture: Yael Reisner (Dec 20)

On Saturday, December 20, Yael Reisner gave a guest lecture in Lecture Hall 15 in Engineering Building #1 at the University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus.

The lecture, entitled “When Architecture is Experienced as Beautiful”, was moderated by Kengo Kuma.

Lecture by Mohsen Mostafavi

Lecture by Mohsen Mostafavi
Title: Design Education and Societal Engagement 

Mohsen Mostafavi will give a lecture titled Design Education and Societal Engagement at Obuchi Lab this Saturday, 2/15 from 5:00 PM. The lecture will be followed by discussions with students and teaching staff. 

Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and educator, is the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. His work focuses on modes and processes of urbanization and on the interface between technology and aesthetics. 
He was formerly the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University where he was also the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He studied architecture at the AA, and undertook research on counter-reformation urban history at the Universities of Essex and Cambridge. He has been the Director of the Master of Architecture I Program at the GSD and has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule).

Lecture by Kristof Crolla

Building Simplexity:  The Expansion of Digital Design into “Contractor Space”

Lecture by Kristof Crolla
Date: 8/9, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Obuchi Lab, Room 416

Digital design techniques have radically expanded the “design solution space” available to architects. The speed with which the possibilities for “built” architecture expand, however, is slowing down, in spite of continued advancements in design software development and the dissemination of evermore user-friendly digital design tools. The increasing dissociation between virtual and built environments lies at the foundation of this slowdown. Using case studies from his design practice, Kristof Crolla will discuss the digital paradigm in the realities of “contractor space” in order to continue to expand the “buildable design solution space”.

Kristof Crolla is a licensed architect, Assistant Professorship in Computational Design at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and founding partner of the architecture practice “Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd.” (LEAD). He studied and taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and worked as Lead Architect for Zaha Hadid Architects before moving to Hong Kong in 2010. He is the recipient of the “Perspective 2012 – 40 under 40” award. 

Lecture by Takeo Igarashi

Design Everything by Yourself: User Interfaces for Graphics, CAD Modeling, and Robots

Lecture by Takeo Igarashi

Date: 8/9, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Obuchi Lab, Room 416

In order to help people to design objects by themselves and to enrich their lives, Prof. Takeo Igarashi develops innovative interaction techniques and computer design tools for end-users. His design-interface research projects have aimed to: (1) create three-dimensional models and animations by making simple sketches; (2) design everyday objects such as clothing and furniture with real-time physical simulation integrated in a simple geometry editor; (3) design the behavior of personal robots and give instructions to them to satisfy needs of end-users.

Prof. Takeo Igarashi is a professor at the Computer Science Department at the University of Tokyo. He received PhD from Dept of Information Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 2000. His research interest lies in user interface in general and current focus is on interaction techniques for 3D graphics. He is known as the inventor of sketch-based modeling system called Teddy, and received The Significant New Researcher Award at SIGGRAPH 2006. He served as a director of JST ERATO Igarashi Design Interface Project in 2007-2013.