Architecture

architecture1Instructing students in urban and architectural design in Kyoto, a treasure house of urban and architectural heritage and one of the best-known and most storied cities in the world, the Architecture Program aims to provide education and research that make the most of the advantages of its location. Students are encouraged to think globally and develop abilities obtainable only in Kyoto. The program calls its educational concept “Kyoto Design.” Based on this concept, it engages in education, research, and project implementation, thereby nurturing urban and architectural design professionals, such as architects, architectural engineers, city planners, and building restoration experts who are knowledgeable about local and historical topics and capable of competing in the international arena. In other words, the program produces professionals who can approach the environment both from spatial and temporal perspectives to envision and create a better future.

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Laboratory Information

Modern architecture design laboratory Architectural Design laboratory
As the essence of “modernity” is supposed to be overcoming the past and creating the future at this moment, we define modern architecture as the architecture of that potential. In this laboratory we investigate ideal emergence, development of the method and re-interpretation of past database for the design of modern architecture. In addition we try to cultivate imagination that drives the transcendence and returns to body, environment and history at the same time. In this laboratory, we perform the theoretical study on various phenomena about architectural design and inspect the concrete development through a practical design. We make much of that we catch a problem from a w ide view point to let an idea establish as real architecture. And we perform training of the drawing expression to express our own intention definitely. In addition, through rearranging and the analysis of the design drawing of Togo Murano of Kyoto Institute of Technology Museum and Archives possession, we also consider the relation between his design process and the work.
Architecture Criticism laboratory Architecture and Urban Design Theory laboratory
The Architecture Criticism Lab is The Kyoto Studio. “The Kyoto Studio” is stage for an exploration of ways and means of studying the city, the city conditions and the potential these conditions hold. Starting with key words: Number, Image, Word; explorations were initiated, to discover what number, image, word; could offer to understand the city, and to perform an experiment on the potential of these parameters. Focusing on public space that extends to the urban from the building, it is a laboratory to learn a wide range of design methodology. In the laboratory, we will learn from the work of architect focusing on the modernist architecture in particular. As a results, we have held an exhibition with original drawing design of Murano Togo that KIT Arts&Crafts Museum has holdings every year. In the laboratory have cooperation with many Architecture Exhibition Raymond, Junzo Sakakura, Perriand, Kunio Maekawa, Seiichi Shirai, such as Kenzo Tange. It is that the research goals of us, find a valid method for designing a contemporary architecture.
Architecture Design laboratory Housing and Architectural Design laboratory
In order to build a building, many conditions are required. I think that If all those conditions are unified highly, the building changes to optimal “architecture” with both inner side and the outside.
I investigate from both research and practice of the methodology to design such “architecture.”
Our laboratory is developing research activities such as living environmental design and management techniques for the sustainable society in consideration for the global environment and neighborhood community. In late years for the stock utilization age, we are tackling to develop the renovation strategies and technologies of housing complex and also challenging to practice a workshop with inhabitants and renovate an existing housing complex.
Architectural Planning and Design for Regional Facilities laboratory Architectural Planning and Design for Urban Environments laboratory
We are studying about traditional space and children’ s environment.
1) We analyze traditional veranda(Engawa) or alley(Roji), and evaluate their functions. These studies are useful for the regional facility planning, and also for revival or inheritance of the traditional space.
2) We are studying about the environment where children can play freely. And we propose the planning of nursery school with veranda, for active communication and playing outside freely. It is also useful for solving the shortage of spaces.
The main academic theme in our laboratory is to realize the community design and management by the architectural planning and design for urban intermediate complexes.
It comes to the conclusion for a way of thinking called the approach to the collaborating participation.
We practice research activities as the citizen-based town planning and management in doing the cooperation with many districts in kyoto.
Conservation-Revitalization Design for Modern Architectural Heritage laboratory Urban History and Urban Theory laboratory
methodology for conservation-revitalization design to use modern architectural heritage
Recently, in Japan, there are a lot of modern architectural heritage which face to be demolished. If we can “re-deisgn” them respecting their historical value, we can preserve and reuse them. Consequently, the historical cities will be reborn by keeping historical value and obtaining new function.
In this laboratory, we practice how to make the plan to preserve and reuse modern architectural heritage, based on the global assessment and historical research.
Our laboratory is mainly engaged in the study of theory and history of urban space and architecture in the modern period. Each and every city has been organized in associated with politics, economy, culture, or lifestyle there. We are focusing on these items and their relations to analyze urban phenomena based on specific research projects or theoretical studies. Our main targeted sites are laid in cities in Asia and Japan.
Urban History laboratory History of Modern Architecture laboratory
We are studying urban history of Japan. Themes of our research are as follows: 1) Modernization of Japanese cities 2) Cities and water environment 3) Urban landscape of modern Japan 4) Samurai residencial areas in Edo 5) Pilgrimage space of Premodern Japan Architecture reflects beauty, technology and society of the era. Japanese society experienced the largest change between the Meiji Restoration and decades after WWII. Therefore, the architecture especially in modern Japan shows diversity and significant changes. We explore architects in this period, their works and their backgrounds; design, technology, political system and region, and speculate on the method of preservation and activation of modern buildings.
Urban and Architecture Heritage laboratory History of Japanese Architecture and Traditional Architecture laboratory
Our laboratory treats “urban and architectural heritage”, that is historic buildings, townscapes, cities and cultural landscapes. Through many projects which are entrusted from governments or owners of buildings, we read their historical, social and cultural values, and propose design plannings for their preservation and rehabilitation. Beyond the study on the Japanese architectural and urban history themselves, we approach actual buildings, towns or landscapes. Current themes of our laboratory are: 1. investigation and preservation / rehabilitation of cultural landscapes and historic towns, 2. comparative study of traditional architecture in East Asia, 3. Rereading of architecture in modern Japan from its tradition. We carry out investigations from Kyoto to the whole country, and sometimes overseas countries. We make a study of the architectural originality in the Japanese architecture, through researches on empirical process of transition and development about an architectural style, design, material, building techniques and pedigree record of artisans. And we cultivate our creative faculty to revival or succeed to the tradition of Japanese architecture or to create a new tradition of it through decipher documentary records and make an investigation into an on‐the‐spot survey on the temples and shrines, sukiya-zukuri (such as tea-ceremony house), traditional Japanese houses (such as Machiya; town houses), modern Japanese-style houses or a similar affair or matter. Moreover, we make a trial of preservation and revival of traditional Japanese architecture existing abroad, by utilizing skills and wisdom of underlying traditional Japanese architecture.
History and Theory of Architecture laboratory Structural Technology of Architecture laboratory
We are studying about traditional space and children’s environment.
1) We analyze traditional veranda(Engawa) or alley(Roji), and evaluate their functions. These studies are useful for the regional facility planning, and also for revival or inheritance of the traditional space.
2) We are studying about the environment where children can play freely. And we propose the planning of nursery school with veranda, for active communication and playing outside freely. It is also useful for solving the shortage of spaces.
In this laboratory, we have been developed computer simulation technologies to support the structural design. We have developed the basic theory of analysis method that can predict the collapse behavior of building. In addition, the components of the traditional wooden frame and the mud walls of Kyomachiya-Sukiya have been experimented in order to apply our simulation technologies to preservation and reinforcement of the traditional building.
Earthquake Resistance Engineering laboratory Structural Engineering of Buildings laboratory
The research purpose is to improve the earthquake-resistance capacity of a building. The large deformation elastic-plastic analysis program is being developed in order to clarify the collapse mechanism for buildings in the laboratory. Accurate numerical analysis by the finite element method is carried out for the purpose of verifying the capacity of frames, beams and columns. Moreover, the experiments of small steel spatial frame and the partial frame are also conducted. In order to establish the safe structural design against huge earthquakes , it is important to know the characteristics of the behaviors and the mechanism of collapse of building structures under the earthquake excitations.
In our laboratory, the research of optimal earthquake-resistant design procedures are developed based on fundamental mechanics of building structures and mathematical analysis.
The followings are the latest main themes of our research :
・Optimum Distribution of Viscous Dampers in Building Frames by Using Complex Eigen-value Analysis
・Optimum Design of Irregular Shaped Three-dimensional Building Structure
Architectural Planning and Design laboratory
A residence is a basic space of our life.
It is important for the production of a residence that a resident continues being positively concerned with construction or maintenance management.
However some people can’t do like this.
Then at my laboratory we do following researches with craftsmanship and some supports.
1)A residence for victims
2)A residence that people who incurable disease patients and persons with dementia.
3)Reuse technique of vacant house and old building.