The University of Auckland's School of Architecture and Planning has announced Momoyo Kaijima - one half of the Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow - will be holding a public lecture in Christchurch. Kaijima is visiting New Zealand as the University of Auckland International Architect in Residence.
Kaijima’s architectural firm, Atelier Bow-Wow, is among the most innovative practices working today. Kaijima and her collaborator Yoshiharu Tsukamoto have built a career confronting the challenges posed by the dense urban environments of Japan. The pair’s interests range from urban research to architectural design and public artwork.
Their much-published work includes award-winning houses such as Mini House (1999) and House & Atelier Bow-Wow (2005), while recent projects such as the Hanamidori Cultural Centre (2005) mark an expansion towards a larger scale.
Professor of Design at The University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning, Andrew Barrie, says Atelier Bow-Wow have been globally influential in re-establishing the importance of small-scale urban patterns and daily life in architectural design.
“They observe the city around them, and use their discoveries to inject joy and drama into the everyday activities that take place in the buildings they design,” he says.
When: Thursday August 5
Where: School of Art 4, The Arts Centre
Corner of Rolleston Avenue and Hereford Street
Cost: $5 at door