The Cases of Japan and Scandinavia: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, July 17, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling exhibition catalogue contributors Ken Tadashi Oshima and Rasmus Waern present "Postulating the Potential of Prefab: The Case of Japan" and "Prefab as a Model of Society." The lectures consider the historical, cultural, and contemporary use, understanding, and significance of prefabricated housing in Japan and the Nordic countries. Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, introduces the evening. Peter Christensen, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA, moderates a discussion.
Ken Tadashi Oshima is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, working in the areas of transnational architectural history, theory, representation, and design. Forthcoming publications include a monograph on Arata Isozaki (Phaidon, 2008) and Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku: International Architecture in Interwar Japan (University of Washington Press, 2009). He co-curated Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noémi Raymond (The University of Pennsylvania, 2006; UC Santa Barbara 2007; Kamakura, 2007, published 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press) and co-edited and authored Visions of the Real: Modern Houses in the 20th Century (2000). His articles on the international context of architecture and urbanism in Japan have been published in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Architectural Theory Review, Architecture + Urbanism, Kenchiku Bunka, Japan Architect, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, and the AA Files. Oshima received his undergraduate education in East Asian Studies and Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard University. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from Columbia University.
Rasmus Waern is a Swedish architect and architectural historian. He is a writing architect at Wingårdh Architects and teaches architectural history at the Royal School of Technology in Stockholm, as well as serving as the chairman for the Swedish Alvar Aalto Society. He is a contributor to numerous national and international architectural magazines and is the author of Gert Wingårdh, Architect (Birkhåuser Verlag, 2001) and The Time of the Competitions: The Impact of Architectural Competitions in Sweden in the Bourgeois Era (Arkitektur Förlag, 1998). He has edited and contributed to numerous collective works, such as Crucial Words: Conditions for Contemporary Architecture (Birkhäuser, 2008) and Guide to Architecture in Sweden (Arkitektur Förlag, 2001) and has served as editor for the Swedish Review of Architecture and as vice president for the Swedish Museum of Architecture.
This program is a collaboration between the Architectural League of New York and the Museum of Modern Art.
In conjunction with the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
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