Kengo Kuma claims commission for Tokyo Olympic Stadium as Hadid fumes

Architecture, International, News
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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Proposal from "B" (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

(Courtesy Kengo Kuma)

At last, design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium has finally been decided with Kengo Kuma‘s winning commission. The Japanese firm fought off a plan by Toyo Ito to claim the prize. Zaha Hadid, however, was less than complimentary of the decision.

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After Zaha Hadid bows out, two new proposals unveiled for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Proposal from "B" (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

Proposal from “A” (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

After controversy and budget overruns surrounding Zaha Hadid‘s curvy design for Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, the starchitect bowed out of the running. But Tokyo still needs a stadium, and two just-released proposals show a decidedly more traditional design.

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Hadid concedes her $2 billion Japan National Stadium bid is dead

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Despite months of refusing to admit the case, Zaha Hadid has finally conceded that her bid for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium is dead in the water.

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Watch giant sushi float down a Japanese river in Osaka

Art, International, Transportation
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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(Courtesy RollingSushi / Instagram)

(Courtesy RollingSushi / Instagram)

The installation known as Rolling Sushi and part of the Osaka Canvas Project arts festival involves five oversized pieces of sushi floating down a local waterway as if it were the conveyor belt at a local restaurant. All aboard the sushi train?

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French architect Dominique Perrault wins 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award

Architecture, Awards, International
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Dominique Perrault. Courtesy Wikipedia

Dominique Perrault. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The Japan Art Association has announced that French architect Dominique Perrault, most famous for the National Library of France in Paris, has won the 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in the architecture category.

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This skinny house in Tokyo is squeezed onto a lot only eight feet wide

Architecture, International
Thursday, August 20, 2015
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1.8 M residence in Tokyo. (Courtesy YUUA Architects & Associates)

1.8 M residence in Tokyo. (Courtesy YUUA Architects & Associates)

Limited space was no issue for Japanese architecture firm YUAA Architects in designing this slender home in Tokyo. Their so-called 1.8M House, true to its pint-sized name, stands on a mere eight-foot-wide and 36-foot-deep plot, sandwiched between squat neighborhood buildings and jutting up past their rooflines like a lanky sibling.

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BREAKING> Days after announcing its approval, Japanese government decides to drop Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Stadium

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Just days after giving the go-ahead on Zaha Hadid’s hotly contested designs for the Tokyo Stadium, the Japanese government has retracted its stance. With spiraling costs at the heart of contentions, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the project would now “start over from zero.”

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Tokyo government approves Zaha Hadid’s designs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Stadium while controversy continues

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Despite courting backlash for being imposingly large and costly, Zaha Hadid’s designs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Stadium have been green-lighted by the Tokyo government. Officials maintain that further modifications at this stage of proceedings would only incur further expenses from construction delays.

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Pictorial> Twenty-one of the best pavilions from Milan Expo 2015

All the Pavilions. (Courtesy Expo Milano 2015)

All the Pavilions. (Courtesy Expo Milano 2015)

Milano Expo 2015 is rolling along, with 145 countries and a host of international organizations, civil society organizations, and corporations displaying their food-centric traditions and the latest sustainable agriculture and food production techniques.

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Yoko Ono breaks ground on public art project for Chicago’s South Side

Rendering of the Garden of the Phoenix located in Jackson Park, Chicago with SKY LANDING (circled) and the New Phoenix Pavilion (proposed) and Museum of Science and Industry.

Rendering of the Garden of the Phoenix located in Jackson Park, Chicago with SKY LANDING and the proposed New Phoenix Pavilion and Museum of Science and Industry. (Project 120 Chicago)

The Chicago Park District starts work today on a new project by Yoko Ono. Her first permanent public art installation in the Americas will be a meditation on world peace, harmony with nature, and Japanese-American relations dubbed SKY LANDING, which is slated for a parcel of Jackson Park once home to the historic Phoenix Pavilion.

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Fumihiko Maki says architects who know better should speak up in the public’s interest

Fumihiko Maki addresses the Japan Society in New York. (James Way)

Fumihiko Maki addresses the Japan Society in New York. (James Way)

Octogenarian Fumihiko Maki shows no signs of slowing down, based on his presentation last night at the Japan Society in New York City. Going back as far as only the mid-1990s, the Pritzker Prize winner showed a handful of projects that, as moderator Toshiko Mori said, eschew a signature style yet are identifiably Maki buildings.

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MAD Architects drape this Japanese kindergarten with a mysterious facade meant to evoke a fort

"Clover House" by MAD

“Clover House” by MAD

Chinese architecture firm MAD has broken ground on their first project in Japan, a kindergarten in Okazaki, Aichi that will be designed in the owner’s own family house. The subsequent home-like atmosphere of the “Clover house” is meant to foster the school’s pedagogy of emotional bonds and trust. By making a school that is a shelter, the architects seek to create a haven for education.

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