Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s

08 April - 14 May 2017
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Tower Shape Community 1
Kiyonori Kikutake
塔状都市 | 菊竹清訓


8 April to 14 May 2017
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2
NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
11am - 7pm
Closed on Mondays & Public Holidays
Admission is free

Exhibition Opening
Friday, 7 April 2017, 6.15pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2

Guest of Honour:
Mr Tan Kok Hiang
Founding Director
Forum Architects Pte Ltd

Special Guest:
Professor Hikaru Kinoshita
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering
Kansai University, Osaka

THE EXHIBITION
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present “Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s”. Organised in partnership with Japan Creative Centre, previously a partner with NAFA for “Japanese Design Today 100” in 2016, this latest travelling exhibition showcases experimental ideas and proposals by Japanese architects that emerged and flourished in Japan in the 1960s. Through architectural scale models to animation movies and slideshows, the urban plans tackle an expanding Tokyo and its corresponding population boom.

Modern cities today still face challenges that the Japanese capital came head-to-head with more than 50 years ago. The exhibition analyses how the designs, radical for their time, attempted to address the concerns of various countries around the world facing similar over-population issues.

Also featured in this exhibition are works by architects like Lúcio Costa, Kenzo Tange and Le Corbusier, who were known for their distinctive urban plan designs in addressing issues of rapid urbanisation. Visitors will see for themselves how these plans and ideas have developed and assimilated since then, made manifest in modern times.

RELATED TALKS & WORKSHOPS

(A) Architecture & City - Urban Projects from Past to Present
by Professor Hikaru Kinoshita, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering at Kansai University

Date and time: 6 April 2017, 4 to 6pm
Venue: NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Wing B, Seminar Room 2-08

The talk will revisit urban projects in Japan from the 1950s to the 1970s, made in reference to the exhibition. It will also discuss research findings on Singapore spaces during Professor Hikaru Kinoshita’s 5-month residency at NUS in 2013, as well as highlight contemporary projects in Japan.

Born 1968 in Fukuoka, Hikaru Kinoshita graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University in 1992 before attaining his Master of Engineering in 1994 and Doctor of Engineering in 1999 from The University of Tokyo.

Professor Kinoshita was a visiting Research Fellow in Singapore from April to September 2013 at the National University of Singapore. He engages himself in research topics related to Urban Design, Town and Architectural Planning. Professor Kinoshita has co-authored numerous publications and journals, and is also a recipient of multiple awards, including one from the Architectural Institute of Japan.

(B) The innovative ideas for the public lifestyle in Singapore through sports and recreation

Date and time: 7 April 2017, 10am to 1pm (for NAFA students only)

Workshop outline: Students will make comparative studies of the Tokyo Olympics, the Osaka EXPOs, and create proposals to enrich and diversify Singaporean lifestyles in the area of sports and recreation within public housing estates or public spaces.

For enquiries and registration, please contact:

Phone: 6512 6141
Email: akstan@nafa.edu.sg / artgalleries@nafa.edu.sg

Annex 1 - Selected works and details

Gallery

Tower Shape Community 2

Kiyonori Kikutake, 塔状都市 | 菊竹清訓, Photo credit: Takashi Ohtaka, 写真:大高隆

Tower Shape Community 1

Kiyonori Kikutake, 塔状都市 | 菊竹清訓

Cities in the Air 2

Arata Isozaki, 空中都市 | 磯崎新, Photo credit: Takashi Ohtaka, 写真:大高隆

A Plan for Tokyo-1960

Kenzo Tange, 東京計画1960 | 丹下健三, (Photograph of the full model of A Plan for Tokyo-1960) , Photo credit: Osamu Murai, 写真:村井修,