Announcing Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020, opening October 11th at Japan Society Gallery

Posted by on Oct 4, 2019 in Exhibitions, VCS Students | No Comments

VCS student Lily Guan is working as an intern at Japan Society this semester, and she recently sent us an announcement of Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020, an exhibition at Japan Society Gallery that will be on display from October 11th through January 26th.

Here’s the show’s press release:



Comprehensive exhibition examining the shifting socio-architectural landscape of Tokyo between 1960s and today

October 11, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Press Preview: October 10 at 9:30am


Yoyogi National Gymnasium (2013), New National Stadium (2017) / Photography credit: Takashi Homma


New York, May 30, 2019—Japan Society Gallery is pleased to present Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020, an ambitious and comprehensive exhibition examining the shifting socio-architectural landscape of Tokyo between the 1964 and 2020 Summer Olympics. By comparing these two significant periods of urban development, the exhibition explores the architectural challenges and opportunities of Tokyo, one of the world’s greatest metropolises. The Japanese architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, founded by Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992, takes on a double role as curator and exhibition designer, conceiving an exhibition which responds to the critical role of architecture in structuring society, its effect on people’s lives, and presents the transformation of this mega-city through the experiences of social, economic and political development.

The 1964 Olympics, which were hosted in the Japanese capital, facilitated unprecedented growth in the postwar era brought on by the rapid development of new infrastructure such as the Metropolitan Expressway, bullet trains, and high-rise buildings. Looking at architecture and common spaces, and the impact it has on the lives of people in Tokyo, Made in Tokyo will investigate this dramatic shift by comparing six architectural facilities—stadium, train station, capsule space, work place, shopping, and living space—from both 1964 and 2020.

Made in Tokyo traces the significant societal changes, including the shaping of city life and urban spaces through Japan’s economic growth up to the 1970s, its bubble economy of the 1980s which greatly reduced property values, the 21st-century shifts in population ratio from youth-to elderly-dominant, and the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake which critically altered the population’s psyche. The exhibition explores how Tokyo’s architecture responds and embodies these transformative events.

The exhibition will include architectural masterpieces from the 1960s such as Yoyogi National Gymnasium (1964) by Kenzo Tange and the Nakagin Capsule Tower (1972) by Kisho Kurokawa. To present examples of the experimental and innovative challenges architects face today, the exhibition will also include the documentations of New National Stadium (2020) by Taisei Corporation, Azusa Sekkei Co., and Kengo Kuma and Associates.

“The Tokyo 1964 Olympics was the trigger that facilitated the improvement of Tokyo’s infrastructure and dramatically changed the post-war landscape of the Japanese capital. Tokyo is still changing in advance of the 2020 Olympics. Architects today face different issues and explore new directions with their own visions of addressing ecology and sustainability.” says Yukie Kamiya, Director of Japan Society Gallery.
Atelier Bow-Wow remarks, “In the 1960s—15 years after the end of World War II, Japan grew with great productivity and enthusiasm, various urban institutions were created and young architects were allowed to creatively contribute to diverse architectural designs. Now, in contrast to those times, there is an incentive for large capital and organizations towards mass-redevelopment. Through this tremendous turnover of city spaces and transitions of urban institutions we will showcase the evolution of life in the city of Tokyo.”

Atelier Bow-Wow is a Tokyo-based architecture firm founded in 1992 by Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. Their interest lies in diverse fields ranging from architectural design, public space design to urban research, which are produced, based on the theory called “behaviorology”.

They have designed and built houses, public and commercial buildings in Tokyo, as well as in Europe and the United States. Their urban research studies lead to the experimental project called ‘micro-public-space’, a new concept of the public space, which has been exhibited across the world.

Atelier Bow-Wow’s works are produced from the concept “architectural behaviorology”. The word “behavior” includes that of human and also building, as well as natural elements such as light, air, heat, wind and water. “Architectural behaviorology” investigates these behaviors and aims to synthesize them to optimize their performance in its specific context. It focuses the repetitive, rhythmical, shareable aspects of behavior, and sifts the architectural design from individuality based into commonality based.

Kajima is an associate professor at University of Tsukuba and a professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETH Zurich.
Tsukamoto is a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has also been a visiting professor at various institutions including Harvard GSD and GSAPP Columbia University.

Since 1971, Japan Society Gallery continues to be the premier institution in the United States for the display and interpretation of Japanese art and culture. Through groundbreaking exhibitions and related programs, the Gallery cultivates a broader understanding and appreciation of Japan’s contributions to global artistic heritage; explores the artistic interconnections Japan shares with its Asian neighbors, the U.S., Latin America, and Europe; and celebrates the diversity of Japanese visual expression from prehistoric times to the present day.

Founded in 1907, Japan Society in New York City presents sophisticated, topical and accessible experiences of Japanese art and culture, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and innovation between the U.S. and Japan. More than 200 events annually encompass world-class exhibitions, dynamic classical and cutting-edge contemporary performing arts, film premieres and retrospectives, workshops and demonstrations, tastings, family activities, language classes, and a range of high-profile talks and expert panels that present open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia.

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