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Kengo Kuma’s Airbnb Experience to Include Tour of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium

12:30 - 17 July, 2018
Kengo Kuma’s Airbnb Experience to Include Tour of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium, © Japan Sports Council / via Curbed
© Japan Sports Council / via Curbed

Five lucky architecture enthusiasts and Airbnb users have been offered the unique experience to accompany Kengo Kuma on a guided tour of the 2020 Olympic stadium in Tokyo. The renowned architect has collaborated with Airbnb to offer the exclusive experience, described as a “visit to Kengo’s under-construction Olympic stadium, along with a meet and greet at his studio and tea with the celebrated architect.”

The July 31st tour, sadly fully booked, offers an insightful example of architects collaborating with leaders of the “gig economy” to offer design experiences directly to the public.

This Genetic Algorithm Predicts the Rise of Skyscrapers in Urban Areas

16:30 - 26 June, 2018

The growth and expansion of metropolitan areas has been evident over the past decade. Buildings are getting taller, and urban areas are getting larger. What if there was a way to predict this growth and expansion?

A new study by Spanish researchers from the University of A Coruna has discovered that the increase of skyscrapers in a city reflects the pattern “of certain self-organized biological systems,” as reported by ScienceDaily. The study uses "genetic evolutionary algorithms" to predict urban growth, looking specifically at Tokyo's Minato Ward. Architect Ivan Pazos, the lead author of the new study, explained the science behind the algorithm: "We operate within evolutionary computation, a branch of artificial intelligence and machine learning that uses the basic rules of genetics and Darwin’s natural selection logic to make predictions."

Read on for more about the study and what it could mean for the possibility of estimating vertical urban development.

Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

06:00 - 19 June, 2018
Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

The downtown skyline of a city is perhaps its most symbolic feature. The iconic cityscapes that we know and love are typically formed by skyscrapers, but much of the surrounding context is made up of other high-rise buildings. Yes, there is a difference between a skyscraper and a high-rise. Research company Emporis defines a high-rise as a building at least 35 meters (115 feet) or 12 stories tall. These high-rise buildings play a major role in the more sprawled urban context of larger cities today.

Read on for Emporis' list of the 20 cities in the world with the most high-rises. You might be surprised by which cities made the cut.

Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises? © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sajeewashaluka'>Wikimedia user Sajeewashaluka </a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/22240293@N05'>Flickr user Francisco Diaz</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/people/88503995@N02'>Flickr user Younguk Kim</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> + 27

Flag & Pole / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects & associates

19:00 - 26 April, 2018
Flag & Pole  / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects & associates, © Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa + 13

House in Senzoku-Ike / Monolith / Kidosaki Architects Studio

20:00 - 17 April, 2018
© 45g Photography - Junji Kojima
© 45g Photography - Junji Kojima

© 45g Photography - Junji Kojima © 45g Photography - Junji Kojima © 45g Photography - Junji Kojima © 45g Photography - Junji Kojima + 25

A Draped Wall in Ikebukuro / Tailored design Lab

20:00 - 13 April, 2018
A Draped Wall in Ikebukuro  / Tailored design Lab, © Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

© Yuji Nishijima © Yuji Nishijima © Yuji Nishijima © Yuji Nishijima + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomohiko Iida + Norifumi Watanabe + Hidetoshi Sawa
  • Textile Designer

    Yuki Tsutsumi(Nuno Corporation)
  • Furniture

    Shinichi Shibayama(Shibayama Kaguseisaku)
  • Lighting Designer

    Light Atelier
  • Contractor

    Shirakawa Kensetsu
  • Area

    73.35 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Syncopated, Revolving Door Condo / Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects

19:00 - 5 March, 2018
Syncopated, Revolving Door Condo / Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects, Courtesy of Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects
Courtesy of Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects

Courtesy of Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects Courtesy of Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects Courtesy of Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects Courtesy of Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects + 13

OVULE / TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS

20:00 - 26 February, 2018
Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS
Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS

Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS + 18

Beam House / Hugo Kohno Architect Associates

19:00 - 20 February, 2018
© Seiichi Osawa
© Seiichi Osawa

© Seiichi Osawa © Seiichi Osawa © Seiichi Osawa © Seiichi Osawa + 18

Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041

16:30 - 15 February, 2018
Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041, © Sumitomo Forestry Co.
© Sumitomo Forestry Co.

Timber tower construction is the current obsession of architects, with new projects claiming to be the world’s next tallest popping up all over the globe. But this latest proposal from Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry Co. and architects Nikken Sekkei would blow everything else out of the water, as they have announced plans for the world’s first supertall wood structured skyscraper in Tokyo.

At 1,148 feet tall, the proposal outpaces similar timber-structured highrise proposals including Perkins + Will’s River Beech Tower and PLP Architecture’s Oakwood Tower.

© Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. + 8

Getty Assembles Experts for Conservation of Le Corbusier's Only Three Museums

08:00 - 3 February, 2018
Getty Assembles Experts for Conservation of Le Corbusier's Only Three Museums, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Image © National Museum of Western Art
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Image © National Museum of Western Art

The Getty Conservation Institute has announced a workshop to address the care and conservation of three museums designed by Le Corbusier. The three museums are the only museums designed by the prolific architect. The workshop will be held in India, where two of the three museums are, with municipal corporations from Ahmedabad and Chandigarh serving as hosts for the event. The Foundation Le Corbusier, located in Paris, will also be assisting with the workshop.

Crystalscape / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

17:00 - 19 January, 2018
© Fumio Araki
© Fumio Araki

© Fumio Araki © Fumio Araki © Fumio Araki © Fumio Araki + 24

Kengo Kuma Explains How His Architectural Style was Formed by Financial Crisis

09:30 - 24 December, 2017

Japan's renowned architect Kengo Kuma is the latest to feature in PLANE—SITE's video series Time-Space-Existence, exploring the inner workings of his Tokyo office and how the Japanese financial crisis of the early 1990s shaped his firm.

© Mitsumasa Fujitsuka © Mitsumasa Fujitsuka © Mitsumasa Fujitsuka © Takeshi YAMAGISHI + 11

Akasaka Brick Residence / KINO architects

22:00 - 18 December, 2017
Akasaka Brick Residence / KINO architects, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masahiro Kinoshita
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Ozora to Daichi no Nursery Shimoigusa / KINO architects

19:00 - 13 December, 2017
Ozora to Daichi no Nursery Shimoigusa / KINO architects, © Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masahiro Kinoshita
  • Area

    643.92 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

R·torso·C / Atelier Tekuto

22:00 - 27 November, 2017
R·torso·C / Atelier Tekuto, Courtesy of Atelier Tekuto
Courtesy of Atelier Tekuto

© Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Jérémie Souteyrat © Jérémie Souteyrat + 9

New Map Celebrates Tokyo's Concrete Architecture

16:00 - 4 November, 2017
New Map Celebrates Tokyo's Concrete Architecture, © Jimmy Cohrssen
© Jimmy Cohrssen

London-based publisher Blue Crow Media’s architectural guide series continues with Concrete Tokyo Map. A collaboration with design writer Naomi Pollock and photographer Jimmy Cohrssen, the map lays out 50 of Tokyo’s concrete wonders.

© Jimmy Cohrssen © Jimmy Cohrssen © Jimmy Cohrssen © Jimmy Cohrssen + 10

House in Minami-Ogikubo / CASE-REAL

20:00 - 28 October, 2017
House in Minami-Ogikubo  / CASE-REAL, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Area

    97.2 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs