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Pavilion Symposium

December 4, 2014 in Exhibition, Lecture, Pavilion, Project, Symposium

The new pavilion is just about completed, just in time for the Symposium, the topic of which is:

Machinery and Human and Construction: Architecture in the Age of Cyborgs

If you are in Tokyo this weekend, please join us on Sunday December 7 from 13:00 to 18:00 at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering Building 1 No. 15 lecture room.

Speakers include: Obuchi Yusuke (University of Tokyo professor), Matthias Kohler (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Professor ), Takeo Igarashi (University of Tokyo professor), Kengo Kuma (University of Tokyo Professor).

There will be a reception afterwards from 18:00-19:00.


For more details, refer to our lab’s other BLOG


Pavilion 2014: New Students; New Semester

October 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Jumping right into the semester, we have 12 new students working on the Stik pavilion.


Freshly printed parts for the distribution device.




Event: Lecture “Bringing Dreams to Reality” by Filipe Balestra (10/1)

September 24, 2014 in Lecture

The lecture will describe three projects from Balestra’s interdisciplinary platform Urban Nouveau:
1. Incremental Housing Strategy in India: a method to legalize a natural construction process made by the urban poor, keeping the urban fabric of the village intact and transforming old shacks into safe living structures while bringing water, waste water removal and electricity into every home. Each house prototype is the result of a participatory design with the residents and every home is customizable by the user. The pilot project comprises 1200 houses.
2. Connecting Stockholm: a long term regional strategy for the region of Stockholm in Sweden. The tactic aims at framing the urban growth of the city and the suburbs in what Urban Nouveau calls bridge villages. These urban bridges are communities that stand in between the currently segregated pieces of the city.
3. TISA / The Informal School of Architecture: the launching of a vehicle to bring students out of the school or university building and connect them with underprivileged communities and people with hardcore problems. By interacting with locals and understanding their challenges, the students can get together to design and build incremental solutions for immediate positive change. The pilot project took place in Cova do Vapor, Trafaria, Portugal.

Filipe Balestra works in the fields of architecture and urbanism in both formal and informal workscapes through participatory design experiences. Balestra understands the human being has not yet learned to live on planet Earth, so he dedicates his work to drawing the path in the direction of our collective evolution.

10月1日、16:00より東京大学工学部1号館416号教室にて、Urban Nouveau*を主催する建築家フィリップ・バレストラ氏によるレクチャーを行います。Urban Nouveau*でのプロジェクトを中心に紹介します。

1981年ブラジル生まれ、建築家。ストックホルム王立工科大学終了後、リオデジャネイロのスラムにて小学校を建設するプロジェクトや、インドのスラム街を現地NGO、住民とともにプラン策定、改修するプロジェクト”incremental housing”を運営する。主な業績に、TED イェーテボリ出演、ストックホルム建築博物館にて展覧会”connecting stockholm”開催など。掲載誌多数。

Pavilion 2014: New Model Construction Pt3: Completion

August 23, 2014 in Pavilion

We’ve been continuing to work on the new model.
The final hight is now 3 meters.

Pavilion 2014: Harmonograph

August 6, 2014 in Pavilion

If you’ve seen our videos, you might remember that our final pavilion form is generated from Harmonographic algorithms.

We made a harmonograph in our lab a few weeks ago, and we finally have photos to upload for that.

Pavilion 2014: 1 to 20 Model

August 5, 2014 in Pavilion

To test the final form of the pavilion, we’ve put together a quick massing model.

What do you think?

Pavilion 2014: New Model Construction Pt2: Beginning

August 5, 2014 in Pavilion

Last week, we had scaffolding set up in our lab space.

After some troubleshooting with our scanning and projection software, we are finally ready to begin the actual construction of the new model. Here are some photos of the progress!

This model will be constructed from approximately 50-60 thousand sticks.

The sticks will be dropped into a base.

Projection system indicates position for distribution.

Scanning software tracking the construction progress.

Pavilion 2014: New Model Construction Pt1: Scaffolding

July 29, 2014 in Pavilion

We are getting ready to build our biggest mockup structure yet.

This morning some workers from the construction company came to our lab to help us set up the scaffolding for our model.



We also had some unexpected guests – a group of high school boys on a tour of Todai stopped by our lab for a brief introduction.


Pavilion 2014: Concept Video 1

July 27, 2014 in Pavilion

Here is a short trailer highlighting some of the background and concepts behind this year’s pavilion.