Momoyo Kaijima holds a Visiting Professorship at the Research and teaching programme Urban DesignUrban Design in summer 2018.
Atelier Bow-Wow is a Tokyo-based firm founded in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. Their practice is based on the theory of “behaviorology”. The practice has designed and built houses and public spaces in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Tsukamoto is professor of architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology; Kaijima is associate professor of architecture at ETH, Zürich, and Tsukuba University.
Atelier Bow-Wow has built a repertoire of catalogues representing an observatory perspective towards urban practice. They have introduced ‘noise’ to what elsewhere merely is materialistic descriptions. “And the behaviour of people is also noise. Construction drawings are obviously important, but they represent a moment when the producer governs everything. So, the power is on the side of the producer or provider. But drawings can integrate many different things, many different times, and many different actors, which all perform in the building around the building. And this relativizes or equalizes the power balance among the different elements that relate to the existence of the building.” (Atelier Bow-Wow 2017, 53)