Monday, 30 November 2015

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Toca — 2015/11/29

Opening in two days! 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

TOCA Pavilion Construction Week 2, Thursday

Here are a few images of the latest development at the pavilion site

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Applying for T_ADS G30 Obuchi Lab

Online Registration Deadline Nov. 26, 2015 

Applying for T_ADS G30 Obuchi Lab

Our 2016-2017 application is now available. If you are interested in applying for T_ADS G30 Obuchi Lab, please visit the Global 30 website for information about the application procedures.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Toca Exhibition in Engineering Bldg. 11

Toca Panel and Process Exhibition in Eng. Bldg. 11 at Hongo Campus was open to public today. Come and learn about the research behind soon-to-be-finished 2015 DFL Pavilion as well as to see images from its radically innovative construction, updated daily! 

Mo—Fri 7—19.00

Lecture: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Founder, Atelier Bow-Wow

Please join us in room 415 on Thursday, November 26th for a lecture entitled "How Behaviors can be Resources for Commonality-based Space Design" by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Building Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and his wife Momoyo Kajima founded architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow in 1992. The Tokyo-based practice is renowned for their domestic, commercial and cultural architecture and theories, especially their work surrounding the concept “Behaviorology.” The firm has also championed the experimental project “Micro-Public-Space,” which has been exhibited across the globe. The pair has published 11 books, including the Pet Architecture Guidebook, which documents small buildings situated in tiny locations all over Tokyo. Tsukamoto is the associate professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and Building Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Most recently, he was the architect for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Berlin, and Mumbai.

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TOCA Pavilion Construction Week 2

Here are images of the TOCA pavilion's progress. While the geometry of the pavilion is guided by a QR code-based scanning and visualization system, its structure is monitored, analyzed, and updated with a real-time feedback system.

Friday, 20 November 2015

1 week into construction

The first layer is finished and lifted. We can begin to see the overall geometry of the pavilion take shape through a careful and thorough team effort.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

TOCA Pavilion work in progress

Here are some images of the TOCA Pavilion project. The first two are rendered images. The others are of the work in progress on-site.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Guest Lecture: Theodore Spyropoulos, Director, AA Design Research Lab

On November 17th Theodore Spyropoulos, director of AA Design Research Laboratory and Minimaforms design studio, presented his work and research at the T_ADS Obuchi Lab. 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Real Size Thinking Competition - Pop-up Shelter

This project is called a Pop-up Shelter. It is currently installed at the 2015 Real Size Design Thinking exhibition. By combining stretchable fabric and FRP elastic rods, a soft enclosure is created. The fabric has pockets to contain the rods.
To make the form, the rods are first inserted into the fabric. Next, the fabric is stretched and the intersection points of the rods are secured in place with zip-ties. The geometry is flat in the beginning, but it becomes a 3D form after the intersection points of all the rods are fixed.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Real Size Thinking Competition - Harvesting Plasticity

Three projects by Obuchi Lab made into the finalist at the Real Size Thinking Competition in Tokyo.
This project, ‘Harvesting Plasticity’, uses bio-degradable plastic to create a temporary structure. A motion-tracking system was developed to position the members precisely and a custom 3d plastic extrusion tool was used to connect the members.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Real Size Thinking Competition by Amy and Xu

Three projects by Obuchi Lab made into the finalist at the Real Size Thinking Competition in Tokyo. Here is the project by Amy and Xu, a mockup of their thesis project titled Intimacy Cloud.
Structural components are made of recycled ground coffee beans, creating aromatic environment of coffee. The components are naturally fire resistance thus proving a place for smoking area.

Monday, 9 November 2015

2015 DFL Pavilion TOCA Project video

Here is a video of the progress on the 2015 DFL Pavilion, TOCA.

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Yusuke's Talk at Tokyo Wonder Site

Yusuke gave a talk at the Tokyo Wonder Site last Friday as part of Obuchi Lab's exhibition. The exhibition features past 5 years of lab's research agenda on Cybernetic Urbanism. 

Saturday, 7 November 2015


Scaffoldings are ready. QR codes in place. Construction is about to officially begin for the 2015 T_ADS TOCA Pavilion!