Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Forty-Five: Arms Race (publication)

Obuchi lab has been published in Forty-Five, A Journal of Outside Research. Forty-Five features a variety of interesting works presented in non-conventional ways. We would like to thank Jonathan Solomon and David Hays for extending an invitation to submit an article.

The article, Arms Race, discusses the development of the stick dispensing machine used for the 2014 pavilion project and considers the evolution of tools from hand tools to power tools to network tools. It contextualizes the STIK project within the context of Tokyo, and introduces some of the challenges the laboratory faced when researching construction and fabrication techniques for the pavilion. The piece also includes a review by Kengo Kuma.

The full article is available for viewing and PDF download on Forty-Five's website.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

In Progress: 2015 DFL Research Pavilion

The prototyping phase for 2015 DFL Research Pavilion is under way. The proposed structure is made out of polyurethane foam deployed three-dimensionally by an originally designed hand-held tool. The research navigates between human craftsmanship and mechanical precision, mediated by computation technology. The students are engaged in constructing a large-scale maquette to test variables before the final construction of the final pavilion in November. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

July 7, 2015: Lecture "Moody Objects" by Matias del Campo, University of Michigan

On July 7th, 2015, it was our pleasure to have Matias del Campo, Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College School of Architecture, University of Michigan, to present his lecture entitled "Moody Objects."

Chilean born and Austrian native, Matias del Campo graduated with distinction from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. In 2003 he co-founded SPAN Architects in Vienna, together with Sandra Manninger. The globally acting practice is best known for their sophisticated application of contemporary technologies in architectural production. Their award winning architectural designs are informed by Baroque geometries, romantic atmospheres, and biological systems. Matias del Campo´s obsessive explorations of contemporary moods are fueled by the opulent repertoire of materialization in nature in combination with cutting edge technologies, as well as form as a driving force in design at large. Apart of his role as head of design at SPAN Architects Matias del Campo serves as Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman College School of Architecture, University of Michigan

July 7th, 2015: Toyoda-Ichikawa Final Review

On June 7 2015, T_ADS conducted a joint final view for the undergraduate studio with two sections, each taught by Keisuke Toyoda of NOIZ ARCHITECTS and Sota Ichikawa of doubleNegatives Architecture.

Monday, 6 July 2015

July 7, 2015: Upcoming Lecture "Moody Objects" by Matias del Campo, University of Michigan

On July 7th, 2015, we are very fortunate to have Matias del Campo of University of Michigan join us for a lecture event.  
It will be held in the ADS Studio, in room 415 of Engineering Building #1 on Hongo Campus from 17:00-19:00 on July 7th.
The event is open to the public, so please feel free to join.

Matias del Campo explores in his lecture "Moody Objects" the lineages of ontographic qualities in recent computational design techniques. It brokers between the quality of permutations of objects as design trajectory, and the nonphysical entities that constitute primary realities between sensual (moody) and real objects.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


The 2015 SPL pavilion will soon be complete. The structure is made out of carbon fiber strand rods and spandex (a stretchable membrane). There will be an opening event on July 15. The event is all about the possibility of carbon fiber as architectural material for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.


Monday, 8 June 2015

June 8, 2015: Lecture "Shaken, not Stirred" by Hernan Diaz Alonso, SCI-Arc

On June 8, 2015, we had the pleasure of inviting Hernan Diaz Alonso, the next director of SCI-Arc, to present his lecture entitled "Shaken not Stirred."

Hernan Diaz Alonso is Principal of the Los Angeles-based architecture office Xefirotarch. His multidisciplinary practice is praised for work at the intersection of design, animation, interactive environments and radical exploration of architecture. Over the course of his career as an architect and educator, Diaz Alonso has earned accolades for his leadership and innovation, as well as his ability to build partnerships among varied constituencies.