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ARCH 5550 ARCHITECTURE IN THE FLOATING WORLD: MAY TERM 2011 IN JAPAN UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE BLAINE BROWNELL 1/4 Architecture in the Floating World ARCH 5550: MAY TERM IN JAPAN MAY 22-JUNE 13, 2011 COURSE DESCRIPTION A traveling design studio in Japan with a focus on contemporary architecture, urbanism, and materiality within Tokyo and the Tokaido corridor. PREREQUISITES: Upper division undergraduate and graduate students with strong design skills TEACHING FORMAT: Two four-hour studio sessions plus two three-hour tours per week for the first two weeks (Tokyo studio); six all day tours in the remaining week (travel throughout Japan) SUMMARY “Japan is a test, a challenge to think the unthinkable, a place where meaning is finally banished. Paradise, indeed, for the great student of signs.” – Edmund White From southern Kyushu to the northern tip of Honshu island, the Tokaido corridor stretches approximately 1,000 miles across the eastern seaboard of Japan, uniting the majority of the Japanese population within a vibrant, intensely-interconnected urban artery. As a result, the bulk of Japanese commercial, governmental, institutional, and cultural activities are consolidated within the Tokaido megalopolis. To understand the density experienced along this route, one must remember the fact that Japan has roughly twice the number of people in the U.S. situated within only 11% of the land area of California. Such intense interconnectivity has its advantages, however. Japan boasts the most advanced transportation system in the world, and many of the technological, artistic, and cultural exchanges that transpire along this seamless network are unparalleled in their quality and sophistication. Moreover, because Japan imports nearly 80% of its resources, this efficient system allows the optimization of energy and material use within complex, interdependent social structures. What architectural possibilities are unleashed within this so-called “1,000 mile city?” How does an urban scale this extensive relate to the scale of material details? How are conflicts resolved between privacy and publicity, modernism and tradition, or Western and Japanese qualities? Participants in this traveling design studio will attempt to address these and other questions through in-depth documentation, analysis, and critical design proposals situated within Tokyo and beyond. Working in collaboration with students and faculty from the Tokyo University of Science, participants will also be exposed to meaningful aspects of Japanese culture and daily life that go beyond a typical tourist’s superficial perspective of Japan. INSTRUCTOR Blaine Brownell, AIA LEED AP Assistant Professor Rapson Hall 151P 612.626.1040 [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 10:00-12:00 or by appointment
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ARCH 5550 ARCHITECTURE IN THE FLOATING WORLD: MAY TERM 2011 IN JAPAN UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE BLAINE BROWNELL 2/4 COURSE OBJECTIVES This course will enable the students to: 1. Experience Japan and many of its cutting-edge architectural works and urban settings.
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