Kitamoto Station West Square, Kitamoto, Saitama. © Atelier Bow-Wow.

Cannon Design Lecture: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

March 28, 2014
5:30p Reception, Kemper Art Museum; 6p Lecture, Steinberg Auditorium
Steinberg Auditorium

Architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow, will deliver the Cannon Design Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering, in conjunction with the exhibition On the Thresholds of Space-Making: Shinohara Kazuo and His Legacy.

Atelier Bow-Wow is a Tokyo-based firm founded by Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. The pair's interest lies in diverse fields ranging from architectural design to urban research and the creation of public artworks, which are produced based on a theory called "architectural behaviorology." The word "behavior" includes human behavior inside and outside of the building; physical phenomena produced by different environmental elements such as light, air, heat, wind, and water in architecture; and the building's behavior in its surroundings. "Architectural behaviorology" aims to understand the behaviors of those different elements, and to synthesize them to optimize their performance in a specific context.

Atelier Bow-Wow has designed and built houses, public, and commercial buildings primarily in Tokyo, as well as in Europe and the United States. The practice's urban research studies have led to the experimental project "micro-public-space," a new concept of the public space that has been exhibited across the world.

Tsukamoto and Kaijima were awarded RIBA International Fellowships in 2012. Tsukamoto is an associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and also has held visiting faculty appointments at numerous other institutions, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, UCLA, the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, Kyoto Seika University, and Cornell University.

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