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A virtual travel to Japan. Roland Hagenberg will be on-site and guide through Japanese architecture, culture and way of life.

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In the frame of the Module Emerging Fields in Architecture (*), VUT Vienna

Day 1: Tuesday, October 27, 9am (Vienna) – 5pm (Kyoto).

Writer, artist and photographer Roland Hagenberg guides through a traditional wooden Japanese house (minka) in Kyoto – its style and elements unchanged for hundreds of years (English and German). Why is it that contemporary architects still integrate “engawa” (the connecting space between outside and indoors) in their works? Why does a modern family still use the same bathtub water one after another – and who enters first? Why is heating not that important (with minus degrees in winter) – as it is in the West? Why an earthen hole in the middle of a tatami room? What does this lifestyle mean for contemporary art? How to discourage ghosts? How do you properly prepare your bed (futon)? Why are houses long stretched and narrow? What are the procedures if you rent such a house? When do you replace paper screens? Where do you place ashes of ancestors? How did someone find your house before there was GPS (there are no street numbers in the traditional sense)?

During the presentation, Roland will also talk to a surprise guest.

The second part of this Webinar will take place in Tokyo, November 10. The third part on December 15.

Roland’s guide to 99 interesting design- and architecture spots in Japan can be downloaded free here: https://partners-pamph.jnto.go.jp/simg/pamph/969.pdf

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(*)The Module ‚Emerging Fields in Architecture` imparts knowledge about the latest research, design and development in research disciplines beyond mainstream architectural topics. In this module we encourage discussion and ideas that go radically beyond the traditional way of thinking. Our goal is to trigger a process of re-thinking and finding solutions to design challenges using an interdisciplinary approach. For the winterterm 2020, we will look for and trace the topic of ‘essentials’ from various angles throughout the module.

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