PUBLIC DEBATE

ArchiAid: The Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Program
Friday, 25 October 2013


On the occasion of the Aedes exhibition opening:
ArchiAid: The Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Program
Architects between Society, Design and Politics

Part I - Introduction and Lectures

The dialogue focused on the challenge of the architecture profession to connect and moderate between technical, governmental conditions and cultural behavior related to environmental needs. Architecture and urbanism lead not only to a restructure of landscape and the built environment but also modify how they are experienced. It is therefore a matter of understanding what impact disasters have on architectural thinking and acting in comparison to changes in the cultural perspective of the relationship of nature and technology. Such changes can be understood only with respect to their social and political contexts. If architecture is about social dreams of a society and hopes for a better future - then one has to become aware of the global dimensions of disasters between modernization and the boundaries of human knowledge. The challenge of architecture and urban planning lies in these contradictory preconditions. What does it mean for architects to design in a society that seeks its balance between an increasing technologization at the one hand, and a deepening environmental awareness on the other?

Welcome
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 00:00:00 - 00:03:15

Moderator
Georg Vrachliotis, Chair of Architectural Theory, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - 00:03:21 - 00:05:22

Speakers - The Japanese architects involved in ArchiAid
Hitoshi Abe,  Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, School of Arts and Architecture, UCLA, Los Angeles - 00:05:23 - 00:25:36
Kazuhiro Kojima, C+A President, Professor at Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture (Y-GSA), Yokohama - 00:25:37 - 00:36:30
Manabu Chiba, Professor, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo; Guest Lecturer, Art & Architecture School of Waseda University, Tokyo/Waseda - 00:36:31 - 00:52:03
Senhiko Nakata, Associate Professor, Department of Design Informatics, Miyagi University, Miyagi - 00:52:04 - 01:03:47
Osamu Tsukihashi, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Architecture, Kobe University, Kobe - 01:03:50 - 01:22:25

Part II - Discussion

Participants - The Japanese architects involved in ArchiAid
Hitoshi Abe, Kazuhiro Kojima, Manabu Chiba, Senhiko Nakata, Osamu Tsukihashi,
Daniel Kerber
, Founder, morethanshelters, Hamburg

Moderator
Georg Vrachliotis, Chair of Architectural Theory, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

We would like to thank the team of Hitoshi Abe for filming the event and making the material available to us.

ArchiAid: The Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Program has received generous support from:
Japan Federation of Construction Contractors
Tohoku Branch Office
UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies
Japan Foundation
Tchoban Foundation Museum für Architekturzeichnung
Repro Ringel



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