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Struggling Cities: From Japanese Urban Projects In the 1960s


Mon 15 Oct 2018, 9:00am–5:00pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018, 9:00am–5:00pm
Wed 17 Oct 2018, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: NICAI Student Centre, 26 Symonds Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: JapaneseConsulate

What is a city? There can be no single answer to this question.

For over 5,000 years cities have developed all over the world. In each, a unique material culture and lifestyle has formed to reflect local conditions and history.

The exhibition presents the many ways architects have designed cities, focusing particularly on ways they have managed pressures caused by increasing urbanisation. 

It showcases models, photographs, and animations of various cities in Japan and around the world, looking particularly at design proposals from Japanese architects during the Metabolist movement of the 1960’s, when Japan saw a flourishing of ideas about architecture and the development of cities. This movement was partly inspired by the rapid increase in urbanisation after the Second World War.

These themes of urbanization remain relevant today.

Showcasing proposals such as Kenzo Tange's "A Plan for Tokyo-1960"; Metabolist schemes of Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa, Masato Ohtaka, Fumihiko Maki and Noboru Kawazoe; as well as Arata Isozaki's "Cities in the Air", all ambitious ideas addressing various problems engendered by urbanisation.

However, despite being ostensibly similar in addressing urban expansion and having been developed in a relatively short time span between fairly closely associated architects, these schemes are very different from one another in substance, which makes it difficult to cope with the process of urbanisation.

The exhibition is designed to raise key issues of urbanization that, while centring on Tokyo, the world’s most populous urban agglomeration, also apply to the specific realities of the country where the exhibition is held.

Struggling Cities has been travelling the globe since 2010, and will also be stopping in Christchurch before heading to Brunei.

This exhibition is to be held as part of Festival of Architecture 2018.

Venue: Creative & Industries Student Centre, Level2, Architecture and Planning Building, The University of Auckland, 26 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Presented by the Japan Foundation and Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland with support by the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland and New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated.

Kenzo Tange, Photograph of the full model of A Plan for Tokyo-1960 
photo: Osamu Murai

Arata Isozaki, Cities in the Air (shizuoka version), 1960
photo: Osamu Murai

Arata Isozaki, Cities in the Air
photo: Takashi Ohtaka

Kiyonori Kikutake, Tower Shape Community
photo: Takashi Ohtaka

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