Atelier Bow-Wow


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Current Work
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
“Architectural Behaviorology”
Moderated by Anthony Vidler

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
1.5 HSW CEUs

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Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, co-founder of Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow, will explore the concept of “architectural behaviorology” in the firm’s recent and current work. “Behavior,” as defined by Tsukamoto, can include human behavior inside and outside of buildings; physical phenomena produced by different environmental elements such as light, air, heat, wind, and water; and a building’s behavior in its surroundings. “Architectural behaviorology” aims to understand the behaviors of those different elements in order to synthesize them, optimizing their performance in their specific contexts and suggesting a new idea of the “organic” in architecture.

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto co-founded Atelier Bow-Wow in 1992 with his partner Momoyo Kaijima. The pair’s interest lies in diverse fields ranging from architectural design to urban research and the creation of public artworks. The practice has designed and built over 20 houses, public museums, and commercial buildings mainly in Tokyo. In recent years it has expanded its works internationally including France, Denmark, and the United States. Pet Architecture Guidebook and Made In Tokyo published in 2001 were amongst many urban research studies that lead to the experimental project “micro-public-space,” a new concept of public space, which has been exhibited across the world at events such as Biennales in Sao Paolo, Venice, Istanbul, and Liverpool.

The firm’s most recent projects include Four Boxes Gallery in Skive, Denmark, Linz Super Branch in Austria, and Rue Rebiere in Paris. Earlier this year, Rizzoli published a monograph on the firm, Behaviorology. Atelier Bow-Wow were featured in the Japanese Pavilion of this year’s Venice Biennale and were recently commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum to design the first BMW Guggenheim Lab, a traveling, movable structure that will be a public space to share ideas and solutions on issues surrounding urban life.

In addition to the practice, Tsukamoto is an associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and has been a visiting faculty member at the Harvard GSD and UCLA.

Anthony Vidler is Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Rudolph-image-webJust added: The League and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union invite lecture attendees to view the exhibition, Paul Rudolph: Lower Manhattan Expressway, in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery at The Cooper Union (upstairs from The Great Hall) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m .  Organized with The Drawing Center, the exhibition includes approximately 30 full-scale reproductions of drawings, prints, and photographs dated from 1967–1972 together with a spectacular reconstruction of Rudolph’s model of the LME project.  The Lower Manhattan Expressway (LME) was first conceived by “master builder” Robert Moses in the late 1930s as an expressway running across Lower Manhattan. The idea was revisited by architect Paul Rudolph in 1967 when the Ford Foundation commissioned a study of the project.  Curators Ed Rawlings and Jim Walrod will be on hand to answer questions about the exhibition.  Please arrive early for Current Work: Atelier Bow-Wow and take advantage of this special opportunity.  Free.  Visit Urban Omnibus for two opinion pieces on the Rudolph show here and here.

Tickets are required for admission to League programs. Tickets are free for League members; $15 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here from October 27 until 3:00 p.m. the day of the program.

Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

This program was made possible in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Images from top to bottom: Courtesy of Atelier Bow-Wow; Courtesy of Barb Choit.


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