japan studio

japan summer studio

heichi-suru | juxtapostion

this four week long studio--which followed a four week tour of japan--students examined hybrid buildings in dense urban situations. while in japan students examined highly hybridized buildings in tokyo and osaka which appeared random and highly juxtaposed with multiple and seemingly conflicting and illogical (by their standards) spatial layers

working primarily in physical models, students tested what they learned on a narrow, virtually unbuildable slot in washingtion, dc

to help avoid falling back on more traditional uses, each student wrote three programs on separate pieces of paper. these were then folded and placed in a hat. three sheets of paper (three programs) were then pulled from the hat. those three programs determined the entire studio's program: dental office, soup kitchen, linen store. the studio critic added housing

the ultimate intention was to learn why and how hybrid buildings appear in cities