Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City:  Material Flow | Tokyo | Portland



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As part of Portland State University's Urban Design Collaborative, the School of Architecture is hosting a series "Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City." Atelier Bow-Wow's Momoyo Kaijima and LEVER's Thomas Robinson present "Material Flow," moderated by Laila Seewang at PSU.

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Momoyo Kaijima (b.1969, Tokyo) graduated from the Faculty of Domestic Science at Japan Women’s University in 1991. She founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. In 1994 she received her master degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. During 1996-97 she was a guest student at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ). In 2000 she completed her post-graduate program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She has served at the Art and Design School of the University of Tsukuba since 2000, currently as an associate professor (2009-). Since 2017 she has been serving as a Professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETHZ. While engaging in design projects of houses, public buildings and station plazas, etc., she has conducted numerous investigations of the city through architecture such as Made in Tokyo and Pet Architecture. She was the curator of Japan Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architectural Biennale.

Thomas Robinson is the Founder and Principal of LEVER Architecture. Prior to establishing the firm, Thomas led cultural and institutional projects for Allied Works and Herzog & de Meuron. He received an MArch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Laila Seewang is assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University where she teaches design studios and architectural and urban history and theory. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative. She is a registered architect and an architectural historian and theorist whose research uses infrastructure as a lens through which to study environmental and urban design, in particular during the nineteenth century. She is currently working on a book manuscript that looks at the role that public water infrastructure played in Berlin’s nineteenth-century municipal development, and researching the infrastructure of timber modernism in the Pacific Northwest. She is the co-editor of a special double issue of Architectural Theory Review, Timber Constructed: Towards an Alternative Material History (2021) and has also written about German architectural historiography, public toilets in Berlin, brick manufacturing in Brandenburg, and rapid sand filters in central Massachusetts.


Architecture -- Japan -- History -- 21st century, Architect-designed houses -- Japan, Domestic architecture -- Japan, Forest management -- Oregon, Rural development -- Oregon, Tall buildings -- Design and construction, Modern architecture -- 21st century, Sustainable buildings -- Design and construction -- Oregon, Heavy timber construction



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