Lecture: Research or Architecture

Speaker: Thomas Weaver, Editor, AA School of Architecture March 2, 2017 (Thursday) 17:00-19:00

This lecture offers a survey of architectural education through an examination of the momentous events of 1968. Its particular focus is the recent emergence of the concept of research, which in many ways defines the modern university over and above a dedication to any specific subject. The lecture will unpick the idea of research and in the process offer a polemic that counters its ubiquity against the more obvious attractions of architecture itself.

Lecture: Bending Rules: Protocols of Error Speaker: Kristof Crolla, Architect, Assistant Professor (Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture) February 1, 2017 (Wednesday) 14:00-16:00

Kristof Crolla is a Belgian architect who combines his architectural practice Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD) with an Assistant Professorship in Computational Design at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture (CUHK). He both trained and taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (AA), and worked for many years for Zaha Hadid Architects. In 2010 he moved to Hong Kong where his academic research and office work focusses on the strategic implementation of computation in architectural design. He is best known for projects such as ‘Golden Moon (Hong Kong, 2012)’ and ‘ZCB Bamboo Pavilion (Hong Kong, 2015)’, which internationally received over two dozen design awards and accolades, including the G-Mark (Japan), Architizer A+ (USA) Awards, and most recently the 2016 World Architectural Festival Award – Small Project of the Year 2016, nicknamed «The Architectural Oscars».

This lecture uses Kristof Crolla’s recently built work in China to illustrate how the deliberate introduction of project-specific material and construction idiosyncrasies, such as limited onsite skill, accuracy, budget and time, into the digital workflow can facilitate materialising unusual and ebullient architectural outcomes from minimal means.

Current evolutions in computational design are radically expanding the design solution space available to architects. In principle, these trends should permit the more straightforward implementation of non-standardised, geometrically complex architecture. Yet, since the digital entered the architectural scene, it has by-and-large encountered non-digital cultures not through authentic dialogue, but through subjugation. As a result, a disjunction has manifested between the opportunities the virtual offers and their real-world implementation. Especially in developing countries, this divide reveals itself in the difficulties the non-standard often faces in dealing with onsite restrictions and unpredictabilities, and is apparent in the discordance between available digital and onsite craft.

In search of an alternative contemporary mode of architecture practice, the work presented from LEAD and CUHK illustrates the surprisingly poetic outcomes possible in contexts notorious for their building quality.

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Lecture: Oh, Ambient Demons: Architecture, Antiquity, and the Avant Garde: The Ubiquitous Indigenous Speaker: Marcos Novak, Director, TransLAB, Media Arts and Technology Program, University of California, Santa Barbara November 19, 2016 (Saturday) 18:30-20:00

Professor Marcos Novak is the founding director of the transLAB at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is affiliated with the AlloSphere and CNSI (the California NanoSystems Institute).

He is a researcher, artist, theorist, and transarchitect. In 2000, he represented Greece at the Venice Biennale, where his works have been exhibited several more times since. His projects have also appeared in prominent museums, galleries, and collections in many countries. He serves on the scientific committees and advisory boards of several international journals and conferences.

His projects, theoretical essays, and interviews have been translated into over twenty languages, have appeared in over 70 countries, and have, and have become the topics of conferences and symposia. He lectures, teachers, and exhibits worldwide.

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Lecture: This Building Likes Me Speaker: John Wardle November 15, 2016 (Tuesday) 18:30-20:00

John Wardle, one of Australia’s leading architects, explores the ways buildings weave together landscape, history, memory, and materials. John Wardle Architects (JWA) has gained a reputation for creating buildings that connect to their surroundings in subtle yet powerful ways. The work ranges across scales: from small-scale domestic dwellings, to large commercial projects and major university buildings, most recently, Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music. Collaboration is ingrained in the those of the Melbourne-based office, a spirit that extends to working closely with builders and craftsmen in the realization of their projects. Materiality and intense detail are constant interests, both for their aesthetic and experiential qualities and for the values they embody, as Wardle writes: “The care shown in how materials are employed, tells a story about the value that a community places in its built environment.”

This lecture coincides with the launch of This Building Likes Me – John Wardle Architects, published by Thames Hudson

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Lecture: How Behaviors can be Resources for Commonality-based Space Design Speaker: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Architecture and Building at Tokyo Institute of Technology November 26, 2015 (Thursday) 17:00-18:30

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and his wife Momoyo Kajima founded architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow in 1992. The Tokyo-based practice is renowned for their domestic, commercial and cultural architecture and theories, especially their work surrounding the concept “Behaviorology.” The firm has also championed the experimental project “Micro-Public-Space,” which has been exhibited across the globe. The pair has published 11 books, including the Pet Architecture Guidebook, which documents small buildings situated in tiny locations all over Tokyo. Tsukamoto is the associate professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and Building Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Most recently, he was the architect for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Berlin, and Mumbai.

T_ADS + Shinkenchiku Lecture Series #02

Kenri Kodaka | Body-image reconstruction based on the principle of the body ownership illusion.


August 28 (FRI) 18:00-20:00 (Opens from 17:30, Free admission)


U-Tokyo Faculty of Engineering Bldg.1 LectureRoom 15


Kenri Kodaka Born in 1979. Received Ph.D. in Engineering from WABOT-HOUSE Laboratory, Waseda University, after graduating from the Faculty of Integrated Humanities at Kyoto University and IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences). In 2012, became an associate professor at the Nagoya City University School of Design and Architecture, Graduate School of Design and Architecture. Research focuses on physical misperceptions. Received many awards, such as the Best Paper Award at IPSJ2005, selected for Ask? Film Festival 2007, Best Paper Award in Robotics at IEEE/SICE SII2011, and Interactive Presentation Award at Interaction 2015.




U-Tokyo Advanced Design Studies (T_ADS) Shinkenchiku

T_ADS + 新建築社 レクチャーシリーズ第二回

小鷹研理 | 錯覚原理を足場に構想する、<からだ>のリコンストラクション


2015年8月28日(金) 18:00 – 20:00(開場17:30)


東京大学本郷キャンパス工学部一号館 15号教室


小鷹 研理 1979年生まれ。京都大学総合人間学部卒業後、京都大学情報学研究科・IAMASを経て、早稲田大学WABOT-HOUSE研究所で博士(工学)を取得。2012年より現職(名古屋市立大学芸術工学研究科・准教授)。主にからだの錯覚に関する研究に従事。大会論文賞(IPSJ2005)、入選(Ask?映像祭2007)、BEST PAPER AWARD ROBOTICS(IEEE/SICE SII2011)、インタラクティブ発表賞(インタラクション2015)等受賞。




東京大学建築学専攻 Advanced Design Studies (T_ADS) 新建築社

T_ADS + Shinkenchiku Lecture Series #01

Keita Watanabe | Interface design in the Post-Internet Age


August 26th (Wed) 18:00-20:00 (Opens from 17:30, Free admission)


U-Tokyo Faculty of Engineering Bldg.1 #415


Keita Watanabe Born in 1981. A lecturer at the Meiji University’s Department of Frontier Media Science, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences. The President and CEO of Cidre Interaction Design. Received Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Governance. Researches interactive methods for interface and internet designs based on perception and corporeality. Recently published “融けるデザイン ハードxソフトxネットの時代の新たな設計論” (BNN, Inc., 2015).


Japanese / English(Realtime translation)


U-Tokyo Advanced Design Studies (T_ADS) Shinkenchiku

T_ADS + 新建築社 レクチャーシリーズ第一回

渡邊恵太 | インターネット前提時代のインターフェースデザイン


2015年8月26日(水) 18:00 – 20:00(開場17:30)


東京大学本郷キャンパス工学部一号館 415号教室


渡邊 恵太 1981年生まれ。明治大学総合数理学部 先端メデイアサイエンス学科専任講師。 シードルインタラクションデザイン株式会社代表取締役社長。 2009年慶應義塾 大学政策メディア研究科博士課程修了。博士(政策・メディア)。知覚や身体性 を活かしたインターフェイスデザインやネットを前提としたインタラクション 手法を研究。近著に『融けるデザイン ハードxソフトxネットの時代の新たな 設計論』(BNN新社、2015)。


日本語 / 英語(同時通訳)


東京大学建築学専攻 Advanced Design Studies (T_ADS) 新建築社

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Lecture: Moody Objects Speaker: Matias del Campo, Associate Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture, University of Michigan July 7, 2015 (Tuesday) 17:00-19:00

Matias del Campo explores in his lecture “Moody Objects” the lineages of ontographic qualities in recent computational design techniques. It brokers between the quality of permutations of objects as design trajectory, and the non- physical entities that constitute primary realities between sensual (moody) and real objects.

Chilean born and Austrian native, Matias del Campo graduated with distinction from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. In 2003 he co-founded SPAN Architects in Vienna, together with Sandra Manninger. The globally acting practice is best known for their sophisticated application of contemporary technologies in architectural production. Their award winning architectural designs are informed by Baroque geometries, romantic atmospheres, and biological systems. Matias del Campo ́s obsessive explorations of contemporary moods are fueled by the opulent repertoire of materialization in nature in combination with cutting edge technologies, as well as form as a driving force in design at large. Apart of his role as head of design at SPAN Architects Matias del Campo serves as Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman College School of Architecture, University of Michigan

日時2015年6月5日(金)18:00 – 20:00(開場17:30) 場所清水建設本社 シミズホール(東京都中央区京橋2-16-1) 定員: 300名(要予約 入場無料) 予約方法:氏名、所属、連絡先を明記の上、6月3日までに以下の連絡先にメールを送付ください。sekkeikikaku@shimz.co.jp 出演:アレハンドロ・ザエラ・ポロ(プリンストン大学)/大橋成基(清水建設)/池田靖史(慶応義塾大学)/小渕祐介(東京大学)

プリンストン大学教授で、横浜大さん橋を設計した建築家のアレハンドロ・ザエラ・ポロ氏の特別レクチャーをおこないます。6月6日(土)、7日(日)のイベントでは、Continuous Architectureという建築のアイディアを中心に議論がおこなわれるのに対し、本レクチャーは、横浜大さん橋という時代を象徴する建築自体にフォーカスを当てる予定です。予約制となりますが、ぜひご参加ください。

主催:慶応義塾大学大学院  政策・メディア研究科  EDGEプログラム  グローバルイノベーション人材育成連携プログラム/東京大学建築学専攻 Advanced Design Studies (T_ADS)


June 5 (FRI) 18:00-20:00 Shimizu Hall (2-16-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) (Opens from 17:30, 300 seats maximum, Free admission) Prior booking essential: Please send an E-mail with your name, position, and contact to the following address by June 3.  sekkeikikaku@shimz.co.jp – Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Princeton University, AZPML) – Naruki Ohashi (Shimizu Corporation) – Yasushi Ikeda (Keio University) – Yusuke Obuchi (The University of Tokyo)


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Special Guest Lecture Series University of Tokyo Advanced Design Studies March 17, 2015 (Tuesday) 17:00-19:30

Special Guest Lecture Series Florian Busch David Erdman Tohru Horiguchi

Continuity and Difference Florian Busch After graduating from Bauhaus University in Weimar and the Architectural Association in London, Florian Busch worked for Toyo Ito & Associates from 2004 until 2008 where he led several teams on projects such as the Ghent Forum for Music, Dance and Visual Culture, the Torres Fira in Barcelona, the Market Street Tower in Singapore, the Taichung Opera House. In 2009, he founded Florian Busch Architects, an office practicing architecture, urbanism, and socio-cultural analysis. Based in Tokyo, FBA flexibly draw on an extensive world-wide network of experts in the field of construction and design. FBA’s projects range from research & analysis to architecture at all scales.

underpressure David Erdman The lecture will describe how davidclovers has been exploring innovative methods of massing through recent projects. The lecture will focus on aspects of massing as it relates to “pressurizing,” “thickening” and “mediating” architectural space. By recapitulating “mass production” as the literal “production of mass,” Erdman will outline how digital/physical modeling, and fabrication processes pressurize the high contrast between materials, programs and geometries in their work. Slowing down mediums (like lighting) and mass media (like graphic design) to the point of materiality Erdman will elaborate on how their projects “mass (verb) media” – bilaterally placing pressure on “architecture” to speed up and pressure on “media” to slow down. The lecture will contextualize all of this through the lens of a practice working amid the growing pressures of designing architecture within and outside of Asia.

Single surface as an open function Learning from the writings of Jeffrey Kipnis Tohru Horiguchi Tohru Horiguchi is an architectural researcher who lives in Kyoto and teaches at Ritsumeikan University in the Architecture and Urban Design Department, where he also coordinates its new graduate program, known as Ritsumeikan SDP. He has also taught internationally, giving workshops and lectures together with Hitoshi Abe or by himself. He is also a graduate of Ohio State University where he studied under Jeffrey Kipnis.

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Lecture: Alphabet Speaker: Thomas Weaver Architectural Association, School of Architecture March 9, 2015 (Monday) 14:00-15:30

This talk will be structured around an alphabet of 26 key images, from A through to Z, Albers through to 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.

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

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Lecture: Little Walk in a Lost Paradise Speaker: Francois Roche April 17, 2013 18:30-20:00

François Roche is the principal of New-Territories (R&Sie(n) / [eIf/bʌt/c]). He is based in Bangkok for [eIf/bʌt/c], in Paris for R&Sie(n) and in NY with his studio of research at Graduate School of Architecture, Plannin and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University.

Through these different structures, his architectural works and protocols seek to articulate the real and/or fictional, the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them.

François Roche architectural designs and processes have been shown at, among other places, Institute of Contemporary Art (London, 2001), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2003), Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris, 2005, 2006), the Tate Modern (London 2006) and Orléans/ArchiLab (1999, 2001, 2003). Work by R&Sie(n), New-Territories were selected for exhibition at the French pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennales of 1990, 1996, 2000, 2002 and for the international pavilion in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

He has been guest professor at numbers of internationally prestigious schools including GSAPP since 2006 and was the guest editor of LOG#25 for the issue in July 2012: reclaim resi(lience)stance.


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Lecture: Plasma Studio Speaker: Holger Kehne, Director, Plasma Studio March 4, 2013 (Monday) 17:30-19:30

Holger Kehne studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Muenster, Germany and at the University of East London. He is a former Unit Master of Diploma School at the Architectural Association in London, Guest Professor for design, MArch2 programme at the University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Professor at Xi’ an University of Architecture and Technology in China.

Lecture: Performative Morphology in Architecture Speaker: Achim Menges, Architect, Professor at University of Stuttgart, Director of Institute on Computational Design February 15, 2013 (Friday) 18:00-20:00

Achim Menges’ work focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing that enables a highly articulated, performative built environment. His work is based on an interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with structural engineers, computer scientists, material scientists and biologists.

Achim Menges has been Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’ s Graduate School of Design (2009-10), at the AA School of Architecture in London (2009-current) and at Rice University in Houston (2004).

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Lecture: Point of View Speaker: Yoshio Futagawa February 8, 2013 (Friday) 17:30-19:30


Lecture: Collaborations – Ebb & Flux

Speakers: Guy Nordenson, Structural Engineer, Professor at Princeton University

Mutsuro Sasaki, Structural Engineer, Professor at Hosei University

January 24, 2013 (Thursday)


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Lecture: Geometry Topology Materiality; the structural parameters in a collaborative design approach Speaker: Klaas de Rycke, Structural Engineering, BOLLINGER + GROHMAN May 7, 2012 13:00-14:30

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Lecture: Cities Without Ground Speaker: Jonathan D Solomon, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong April 20, 2012 17:30-19:00

Special Lecture by Peter Eisenman March 12, 2012