design 2050: beyond disasters, through solidarity, towards sustainability at UIA 2011 tokyo
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jul 18, 2011
design 2050: beyond disasters, through solidarity, towards sustainability at UIA 2011 tokyo


design 2050: beyond disasters, through solidarity, towards sustainability at the world congress of architecture
tokyo international forum, tokyo, japan
september 25th through october 1st, 2011

‘design 2050: beyond disasters, through solidarity, towards sustainability’ at the world congress of architecture
(front top left to bottom right) SANAA, image © takashi okamoto; christoph ingenhoven, image © ingenhoven architects; david adjaye, image © ed reeve;
kengo kuma, image © kengo kuma and associates; christo and jeanne-claude, image by wolfgang volz / © christo and jeanne-claude;
fumihiko maki, image © maki and associates; tadao ando, image © keitaku hayashi; vladimír slapeta, image © archive vladimír slapeta

entering into its 24th year is the world congress of architecture, a triennial event hosted by the UIA.
taking place for the first time in japan, the self-proclaimed ‘olympics of architecture’ will be focusing
on ‘design 2050: beyond disasters, through solidarity, towards sustainability’.


‘new museum of contemporary art’ by SANAA, new york, USA, 2007
image © dean kaufman / courtesy of SANAA

built from a mixed program of lectures, competitions, exhibitions and workshops, this year’s initiative
seeks to create a vision for architecture and communities of the future. questioning the role and
responsibilities of architects, engineers, and designers, the poignant topic aims to investigate the creation
of sustainable societies, attractive cities and the protection of human lifestyles.


‘rolex learning center, EPFL’ by SANAA, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2010
image courtesy of SANAA

for more on this project, see here

headlining this year’s international symposium is a collection of prominent and relevant architects and artists,

including: kazuyo sejika and ryue nishizawa of SANAA, tadao ando, david adjaye, vladimír slapeta,
fumihiko maki, christoph ingenhoven, kengo kuma, and christo. using recent works to solidify their arguments,

each lecturer will explore the meaning and correlation of architecture, innovation and environment.


‘moscow school of management, skolkovo’ by david adjaye, russia, 2010
image © ed reeve / courtesy of adjaye and associates

for more information on the event – running september 25th through october 1, 2011 – and for specific

program information, see here.


‘yusuhara wooden bridge museum’ by kengo kuma, takaoka, kochi, 2010
image © takumi ota / courtesy kengo kuma and associates
for more on this project, see here


‘nezu museum’ by kengo kuma, tokyo, 2009
image © mitsumasa fujitsuka / courtesy kengo kuma and associates


‘hillside terrace’ by fumihiko maki, tokyo, 1969- 1992
image © toshiharu kitajima / courtesy of maki and associates


‘european investment bank’ by christoph ingenhoven, luxembourg, 2008
images © andreas keller, kirchentellinsfurt / courtesy of ingenhoven architects


‘church of the light’ by tadao ando, ibaraki, osaka, 1989
image courtesy tadao ando architect and associates


‘the gates, central park’ by christo and jeanne-claude, new york, USA, 1979-2005
image © christo and jeanne-claude


‘wrapped reichstag’ by christo and jeanne-claude, berlin, 1971-95
image © christo and jeanne-claude

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