October 26, 2006

AAP to host

Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP)

The program, presented in collaboration with the Japan Society, will examine the nuances, intricacies and innovations in contemporary Japanese architecture that are also influenced by local political, economic and social realities. The newest generation of Japanese architects seeks to develop strategies to address global issues and opportunities while finding answers to topics unique to each locality.

Participants in the conference include Hiromi Hosoya (Hosoya Schaefer Architects), Momoyo Kaijima (Atelier Bow-Wow), Mitsuhiro Kanada (ARUP), Taira Nishizawa (Taira Nishizawa Architects) and Toyo Ito (Toyo Ito & Associates Architects). In Ithaca, Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and Brett de Bary, director of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell, will serve as co-moderators for the conference. Sanford Kwinter, an architectural writer, theorist and educator whose scholarship and teaching encompass contemporary technological, cultural and intellectual issues in design, will moderate the New York City portion of the conference.

The event in Ithaca is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The agenda for both events is as follows:

Session I

4:30 p.m. – Momoyo Kaijima

4:55 p.m – Taira Nishizawa

5:20 p.m – Mitsuhiro Kanada

5:45 p.m – Hiromi Hosoya

Session II

6:30 p.m – Keynote speech by Toyo Ito

7:15 p.m – Discussion/Q&A

8 p.m.– Reception

Tickets for the New York City event can be purchased at or by phone (212) 715-1258. The Japan Society is located at 333 E. 47th Street, between First and Second Avenues (accessible by the 4, 5, or 6 train at 42nd Street Grand Central Station or the E or V train at Lexington Avenue and 53rd St.)

For more information, contact Beth Kunz at (607)255-7324 or [email protected]

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