Architecture events this week

03 Mar

This week the Clarence Ward “Transnational Modernisms” Architectural series continues with a visit by Ken Tadashi Oshima from University of Washington. On March 7, Saturday, at 5:00 PM, Oshima will be giving a public talk on the Czech architects Antonin and Noémi Raymond, the design team that help introduce modernist architecture in Japan. On Sunday, March 8, Oshima will be leading a group to Toledo to look at The Glass Pavilion. This is especially exciting as Oshima has curated the first retrospective of the architectural firm that designed the Pavilion, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa). If you wish to come on the tour of The Glass Pavilion, please contact John Harwood by 5 PM on Wednesday March 4, so you can reserve a space on the bus. The event will run from 10 AM until 3:30 PM. Oshima’s bio can be found after the jump.Ken Tadashi Oshima is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches in the areas of trans-national architectural history, theory, representation, and design. He earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Studies and Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard College, M. Arch. degree from U. C. Berkeley and Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from Columbia University. From 2003-5, he was a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in London. Dr. Oshima’s forthcoming publications include a monograph on Arata Isozaki (Phaidon, 2009) and Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku: International Architecture in Interwar Japan (U.W. Press, 2009).  He is an author for the Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Home Delivery(2008), curator of the exhibition SANAA: Beyond Borders (Henry Art Gallery 2007-8), and co-curator of Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noémi Raymond. An editor and contributor to Architecture + Urbanism for more than ten years, he co-authored the two-volume special issue, Visions of the Real: Modern Houses in the 20th Century (2000). His articles on the international context of architecture and urbanism in Japan have been published in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Architectural Theory Review, Kenchiku Bunka, Japan Architect, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, and the AA Files.

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