The second episode in “Classic Japan” features the 1966 Kyoto International Conference Center by Sachio Otani. The site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Otani’s waterfront conference center unfurls onto nearby Lake Takaragaike via a series of concrete pathways that offset the centre’s Brutalist weight. Filmed and edited by Vincent Hecht, a French architect and film maker currently living in Tokyo, the series focuses on Japanese architecture from the 1950s to the 80s.
CAADRIA 2014: The 19th International Conference of the Association of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia is set to take place May 14-17 in Kyoto, Japan. Hosted by Kyoto Institute of Technology, keynote speakers include Paul Richens (Professor, University of Bath), Joichi ”Joi” Ito (Director of the MIT Media Lab), and Hitoshi Abe (Chair, Professor, UCLA & Architect).
With the theme, ‘Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture,’ the conference is influenced by Buckminster Fuller’s holistic worldview as the concept of Comprehensive Design was proliferated by the publication of the Whole Earth Catalog, an American counterculture publication, by Stewart Brand in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 45 years have passed since then, and now the concept of Comprehensive Design has evolved from a utopian idea to an actualized design tool. More information after the break.
Architects BAKOKO, in collaboration with engineers Structured Environment, shared with us their proposal for a new chapel and Center for Christian Culture at Doshisha University’s Kyoto campus. With structure, form, and function molded into a singular totality, their intention is not to draw attention to the form of the building, but rather, to merge floor, walls, and roof into an immersive experience prioritizing personal reflection and human interaction within the central sanctums. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architect: Alphaville Architects – Kentaro Takeguchi + Asako Yamamoto
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Project Team: Tomohisa Koike(Associate Architect), Kazuo Takeguchi(Structural Engineer)
General contractor: Craftman Ship Kawana
Project Area: 78.68 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Alphaville Architects