27/06/2018 Architectural Ethnography, Public Lecture by Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow


Architecture is in a pertinent position to illustrate lived conditions. Atelier Bow-Wow is working on the relationship between life and space around architecture. In this lecture Momoyo Kaijima will present two practices and the exhibition project for the Japanese Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2018.

The lecture kicks off this year’s Max Hoffmann Visiting Professorship. The Max Hoffmann Visiting Professorship brings together students, researchers and practitioners in an intensive workshop format, the master classes. Each year HCU welcomes one renowned figure from the field of architecture and metropolitan development to put together a unique programme according to a thematic focus. HCU Hamburg and Max Hoffmann GmbH & Co. KG are happy to award the Visiting Professorship 2018 to Momoyo Kaijima. The Research and Teaching Programme Urban Design and the Professorship Architecture + City will support Kaijima in her master class on Architectural Ethnography.

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)

Visiting Professor: Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow
Host and supporting Teaching staff: Bernd Kniess (Urban Design), Christoph Heinemann (Architecture + City), Marieke Behne, Dominique Peck and Anna Kreuzer, HafenCity Universität Hamburg
Sponsored by: Max Hoffmann Limited Company, Schenefeld

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.

Max Hoffmann Limited Company. Since the foundation in 1908, Max Hoffmann Construction Services has continuously contributed to the varied image of Hamburg's districts with interesting and high-quality buildings. Yesterday, as today, the company is concerned both with the sustainable consolidation of urban areas and the realisation of overall urban planning in the Hamburg metropolitan region. The modernisation of existing building structures, inner city and suburban housing units and the restoration of historic buildings round off the extensive range of services offered by the Altona-based family business. In addition to a large number of sophisticated residential, commercial and special buildings, Max Hoffmann Construction Services has also realised numerous public buildings since its foundation.




Public Lecture

6.00 pm
Hörsaal 150
HCU Hamburg

Sponsored by Max Hoffmann GmbH & Co. KG