Tokyo/LA Houses: Micro-Environments for Mega-Cities is an exhibition of forty new homes by Japanese and Californian design practices that explore new efficiencies of scale, construction and reduced ecological impact. Often limited in space and budget – but startlingly unbridled in their approach to structure, materials and domestic order – these houses reveal unforeseen possibilities for contemporary living space.

Housed on the Plaza of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Tokyo/LA Houses will showcase twenty projects from both cities with architectural drawings, models, and images, each a novel proposition for the future of small-scale residential architecture. Models from the show will be auctioned at the end of LTDW, with proceeds going to Archi+Aid for the Japan disaster relief effort.

The Tokyo/LA Houses exhibition will culminate in a symposium entitled Environment in the Future City, speculating on the charged relationship between these cities and their design cultures, and bringing together prominent architects and critics, including Neil Denari, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, Lisa Iwamoto and moderator Christopher Hawthorne of the L.A. Times, on Sunday, July 17th.

Invited Participants:

Akihisa Hirata / Jun Igarashi / Junya Ishigami / Kumiko Inui / Go Hasegawa / NAP Architects / Hideyuki Nakayama / Mt. Fuji Architects / ON Design / Open A Ltd / Schemata / Sou Fujimoto / Studio 2A / SUEP / Suppose Design Office / Takeshi Hosaka / Torafu Architects / TNA / Yasutaka Yoshimura / Yuko Nagayama / Bestor Architecture / Brooks + Scarpa / Callas Shortridge / Daly Genik / deegan-day design llc / DSH / Eric Owen Moss / Escher GuneWardena / Gregg Lynn / IDEA Office / IwamotoScott / JohnstonMarklee / J,P:A / LOHA / Michael Maltzan / NMDA / Oyler Wu Collaborative / P XS / Predock_Frane / Space International / Taalman Koch / Touraine+Richmond / XTEN / Christopher Hawthorne

The exhibition and symposium is organized by:

Joe Day :: Principal, deegan-day design llc, Los Angeles, CA / faculty, SCI_Arc
Masataka Baba :: Principal, Open A Ltd, Tokyo, Japan / Director, Real Tokyo Estate

Director, Little Tokyo Design Week:

Hitoshi Abe :: Chair, Architecture+Urban Design, UCLA / Principal, Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Sendai, Japan & Los Angeles, CA

About Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City (LTDW)
Commencing July 14-17, 2011, Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City (LTDW) celebrates the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology; emerging from Japan and its intersection with current trends materializing in Los Angeles. LTDW will present a series of programs that integrate Little Tokyo’s Big Three cultural institutions (Japanese American National Museum/JANM, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center/ JACCC, and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA), community partners, retailers, and restaurants. LTDW will also engage local and international designers, artists, architects, filmmakers, corporations, and students from the Southern California region to explore possible scenarios for a “New Urban Lifestyle.” Produced in collaboration with Atelier Hitoshi Abe, UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, and Community Arts Resources (CARS).possible scenarios for a “New Urban Lifestyle.” Produced in collaboration with Community Arts Resources (CARS). More information can be found at www.LTDesignWeek.com.

Tokyo/LA Houses: Micro-Environments for Mega-Cities Exhibition

@ JACCC Plaza
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, July 14, 4pm – 11pm
Friday, July 15, 4pm – midnight
Saturday, July 16, 11am – midnight
Sunday, July 17, 11am – 7pm

Environment in the Future City Symposium

@ East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sunday, July 17, 4:30pm – 6pm

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STAY TUNED FOR AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE SUPERSLICE AND JOE DAY, PRINCIPAL OF DEEGAN-DAY DESIGN LLC AND CO-ORGANIZER OF THE DESIGN WEEK IN LITTLE TOKYO. IT SHOULD BE OUT A WEEK LEADING UP TO THE EVENT…



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