GSD Talks: Exhibition Opening for “Architectural Ethnography by Atelier Bow Wow”

Curators Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow will speak about the drawing method addressed by the exhibition.

This exhibition explores the ecological imprint and graphical method of Atelier Bow-Wow, a Tokyo-based architecture firm founded in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima. From “Made in Tokyo” (1998) to their current project “Actor Network Scheme” (2017), Atelier Bow-Wow has investigated the living condition of people through various kinds of fieldwork and design practices, observing architecture and its environments from a point of view they call “behaviorological.” They have also invented unique visual representations specific to their subject and vision, as in the book Graphic Anatomy (Toto, 2007), which presents extraordinarily detailed drawings of twenty-four of their projects. The firm's interests range broadly, from the relationship between house typologies and urban fabric to the connections between public space and untapped common resources. This approach has enabled Atelier Bow-Wow to rediscover architecture as a central means of practicing their livelihood and to develop the concept of “architectural ethnography.”

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