Manufacturing Landscapes - Design Bureau

Manufacturing Landscapes

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

A tsunami hit Japan in March of 2011, and forward-thinking architects are still talking about it. This week, The Rotch Organization, UIUC School of Architecture and 2012 Rotch grant recipient and Assistant Professor at UIUC Julie Larsen present Manufacturing Landscapes—an exhibit and symposium in Chicago, inspired in part by the disaster's impact on Japan.

Initiated by the tragic events in Japan, Larsen's students look at new port city strategies that would address climatic concern—including new types of performative architecture that can "recode their context."

Larsen received a $20,000 Rotch Travelling Studio grant to help fund a trip to Tokyo for 12 architecture students at University of Illinois. The students researched and proposed preliminary architectural and urban solutions around Japanese coastal cities that face high flood risk factors. On the trip, the studio analyzed Tokyo and Tokyo Bay, specifically the Tsukiji Wholesale Fish Market, as a test bed to grapple with issues surrounding architecture and urban development in similar port cities. The studio used Tsukiji Fish Market as a model "to establish an interface and dialogue between infrastructure, ecology, and architecture and think opportunistically about future urban networks and ‘infra-tectural’ prototypes in port cities."

Friday night there's an exhibition opening of the studio work. Saturday, there's a symposium featuring lectures from professionals and academics. 

Exhibition Opening
1414 Kingsbury, Chicago
Friday, May 11, 2012 | 7-10pm

Symposium Presentations
Saturday, May 19, 2012 | 1-6pm

R.S.V.P. at Facebook for the exhibition and symposium.

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