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Atelier Bow-Wow

Mon, Apr 3, 2017    6:30pm

Momoyo Kaijima
Response by Amale Andraos

The Spring 2017 Open House features Tokyo-based architecture firm, Atelier Bow-Wow. Founded in 1992 by Momoyo Kajima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. The internationally recognized firm has emerged as one of Japan’s leading practices. Known for their light, multifunctional design aesthetic, Atelier Bow Wow couples a focus on the urban condition and the relationship between space and inhabitant to create a modest richness in each project.

Organized by Columbia GSAPP.

GSAPP Conversations #9: Momoyo Kaijima of Atelier Bow-Wow in Conversation with Amale Andraos

Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Momoyo Kaijima who co-founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. The Tokyo-based firm is well known for it’s light, multifunctional design aesthetic combining a focus on urban conditions with the relationship between space and its inhabitants. Kaijima and Tsukamoto are teaching an Advanced Studio at Columbia GSAPP during the Spring 2017 semester, and Kaijima delivered a public lecture at the School in April 2017.

In this 9th episode of GSAPP Conversations, Kaijima talks about the relationship between research and practice as it is made visible in the books they’ve published (including Made in Tokyo), the difficulty and rewards of working in the Fukushima area following the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident, and her interest in working across generations to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between buildings and their inhabitants.