Fri 12 April 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Japan Embassy in Israel - Berkovich 4, Tel Aviv,
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Lecturer: Dr. Erez Golani Solomon
The Olympic Committee’s announcement on 7 September 2013 that Tokyo will host the Olympic Games
The Olympic Games spurred a passionate discourse about the future in Japan. City and architecture play a central role in the attempts of planners, academics and elected officials, and the public, to claim their place as part of the discourse community in defining a framework of common goals to achieve until the beginning of the Games in the summer of 2020 and in the imagination of their heritage.
The lecture is interested in this reappraisal of the future and in the ways in which contemporary architecture influences and is influenced by it. The lecture adopts Japan’s new national stadium project as a central object of learning and interpretation, and points to its importance in understanding the constants attributed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and assessing its intended effects in and outside of Japan. Since his identity was revealed in November 2012 in a relatively short but stormy period, the stadium acted as a discreet architectural object.
His ability to make the Olympic context “problematic” and its ability to represent, carry meaning, and function as an ideology was recognized immediately. The stadium has become a symbol through which current attention is paid to a local context and tradition, and an expression of coping with demographic and economic challenges. The Durban stadium dynamics have re-evaluated a modern building heritage in Japan, and is currently part of an attempt to replant the
Tokyo’s status as a leading cultural and intellectual center. Moreover, the new national stadium and its broad dynamics are central to the formation of a new ‘contemporary Japanese architecture’. Its impact is extensive.
The lecture will examine the impact of Japan’s new national stadium as part of a number
Significant transitions and their implications. We will point to a professional transition from one room to another
Beyond, [Zaha Hadid to Kengo Kuma] Concrete materials for wood, transition from thought
As well as transitions in time: from 1964 to 2020,
And from the characteristics of a growth period to the characteristics of a post-growth period. As a general rule of the lecture, she is interested in how Japan’s new national stadium has become part of the discourse on building a national identity and how to build a new national image around ideals such as sustainability and maturity, as well as changes in priorities stemming from recognition of growth constraints.