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2024.02.01

UTokyoNY Event “Garden of Excess”Held

For many years, the International Design Studio has conducted the Japan Studio, a graduate design studio involving various universities, in collaboration with Professor Jesse Reiser of the Princeton University School of Architecture.

This year, at the International Design Studio Hirano Studio, six master's students undertook projects on Inujima as a site, focusing on the themes of ecology and artificial intelligence in architecture.

In conjunction with the joint poster session at Princeton University, the following public events were held at the University of Tokyo New York Office.

January 13th

Review

The presentation of projects by six students from the University of Tokyo's studio was conducted with a New York-based architect invited as a guest critic. During the review session, there was a discussion on the various possibilities and challenges of using artificial intelligence (primarily image-generating AI) in architectural design.

Guests:

SONO Masayuki (CLOUDS Architecture Office)

SAMEJIMA Taku (SHoP Architects)

MASAKI Kazuki (Mark Foster Gage Architects)

Lecture

A lecture was conducted by Daniel Koehler (UT Austin School of Architecture), who is researching the application of artificial intelligence in architectural design. The lecture covered a range of topics, from the explanation of the principles of image-generating AI to the introduction of research that involves analyzing and evaluating images of architectural and urban spaces generated by AI.

 

January 15th

Faculty and students from Princeton University, Tsinghua University, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, all participating schools in the Japan Studio, attended a seminar led by Professor Sanford Kwinter (Pratt Institute), a noted architectural theorist. The seminar focused on ecological economics, a concept advocated by economist Kenneth E. Boulding. Professor Kwinter delivered a lecture on ecological issues based on this concept, followed by an engaging discussion that included the students.