May 11, 2011
MEDIA ALERT: Center for Architecture in NYC to host program May 24 about Japanese architecture and March 11 earthquake
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press contact: Emily Nemens, 212.358.6126, email@example.com
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Dialogues for a New Japan
A panel discussion about Japan’s recent tragedies and reconstruction efforts by architects and builders
When: TUESDAY, MAY 24, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Reception 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion 5:30PM - 8:00 PM
Where: The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place (Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets)
New York, NY 10012
Toru Hasegawa, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University GSAPP (moderator)
Paul Katz, FAIA, President, KPF
Joji Kurumado, General Manager, Takenaka Corporation
Cliff Pearson, Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Architectural Record
Leslie Robertson, Hon. AIANY, Leslie E Robertson Associates
Mutsuro Sasaki, structural engineer, Sendai Mediatheque
Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, Rafael Viñoly Architects
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the coast of Sendai. This earthquake was the strongest to have ever hit Japan, and one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history.
This event is organized by American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) Global Dialogues Committee and seeks to provide New York architects with insight into the connections between the tragedy and the built environment through the lens of architects and engineers with direct knowledge of Japan. Case studies will include both an analysis of the Sendai Mediatheque by its structural engineer, Mutsuro Sasaki, and an overview of the Takenaka Corporation’s sustainable reconstruction efforts by its general manager, Joji Kurumado. Following their presentation there will be a panel discussion exploring how architects can support long-term reconstruction. The panelists, including Paul Katz (President, KPF), Rafael Viñoly (Rafael Viñoly Architects), Leslie Robertson (Leslie E Robertson Associates), and Cliff Pearson (Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Architectural Record) and they all have experiences with major projects in Japan.
The event will be moderated by Toru Hasegawa (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University GSAPP).
The event will be broadcast online at http://www.ustream.tv/user/archiPicnic
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) Global Dialogues Committee
Consulate General of Japan in New York, JETRO NY, the Japan Society and the Japan Institute of Architects
Japan by Design, TOTO USA, and Hilton New York.
Free for AIANY Members; $5 for Japan Society Members; $10 for Non-Members
The press is invited attend the event. Media RSVP to email@example.com or 212-358-6126.
About the AIA New York Chapter Global Dialogue Committee
The AIA New York Chapter and its Global Dialogue Committee are committed to the international exchange of knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of topics concerning architecture, urban design and city planning. Cities around the world have much to learn from each other. The Global Dialogues Committee is the AIANY's vehicle to orchestrate exchange of programs, exhibitions and other means of sharing information.
About the AIA New York Chapter
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with almost 5,000 architects, allied professionals, students and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development, and towards these aims, AIANY runs the Center for Architecture, a storefront exhibition space in Greenwich Village, sponsors public programs, publishes a magazine, and works with its charitable affiliate, the Center for Architecture Foundation, to provide scholarship and educational opportunities. For more information on AIANY, please visit www.aiany.org.
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