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Japan & China || Presentation

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Group work presentations done by;

Djulen Erdincyasar

Berfin Bayar

Cemre Karaoğlan

Sezen Mert

Rabia Yıldırım

Merve Eflatun

Doruk Büyükyıldırım


‘ Urbanised’ High Line

Since this semester I am working on New York City for architectural desighn VII , two weeks ago we as a project class had an Conference with Richard Plunz -professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He spoke about the practical problems of ‘High Line’. He told that; on the one hand  the High Line project is  admired by  the New Yorkers , because of its architectural values, its co-relation with different elevations etc.., but on the other hand this project also caused ‘gentrification problem’ for that area (Lower Manhattan). Nowadays it is a great problem for New Yorkers especially for the people who live in Manhattan to be able to achieve  affordable houses. At this point he also mentioned that after the construction of High Line the rents at this area increased extremely. E.g. for a very modest 60 sqm house $5000-10000 rent can be demanded at this area, which also causes the dwellers of this area with low income to move away from this district.

”Urbanised” CCTV – Headquarters by Oma


Beijing, China

Office Building

”The CCTV headquarters aims at an alternative to the exhausted typology of the skyscraper. Instead of competing in the race for ultimate height and style within a traditional two-dimensional tower ‘soaring’ skyward, CCTV’s loop poses a truly three-dimensional experience, culminating in a 75-metre cantilever. The building is visible from most of Beijing; it sometimes comes across as big and sometimes small, from some angles strong and from others soft.”

It is an office building designed by OMA,  which is constructed inbetween 2002-2012. Building is located in Beijing, China.


“Chinese architecture will benefit” from
CCTV building, says Rem Koolhaas

”Urbanised ” Robert Moses Master Builder(!) of NYC



Master Builder

Robert Moses is the  one of the most influential and controversial figures in the history of New York City’s growth and decay.


”Although he disdained theories, he was a major theoretical influence on the shape of the American city, because the works he created in New York proved a model for the nation at large. His vision of a city of highways and towers -which in his later years came to be discredited by younger planners – influenced the planning of cities around the nation.

His guiding hand made New York, known as a city of mass transit, also the nation’s first city for the automobile age. Under Mr. Moses, the metropolitan area came to have more highway miles than Los Angeles does; Moses projects anticipated such later automobile-oriented efforts as the Los Angeles freeway system.

But where Los Angeles grew up around its highways, Mr. Moses thrust many of New York’s great ribbons of concrete across an older and largely settled urban landscape, altering it drastically. He further changed the landscape with rows of red-brick apartment towers for low- and middle-income residents, asphalt playgrounds and huge sports stadiums.

The Moses vision of New York was less one of neighborhoods and brownstones than one of soaring towers, open parks, highways and beaches – not the sidewalks of New York but the American dream of the open road.”


There is also currently an opera performed in NYC based on the conflict inbetween Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses for the ones who might be interested can check ;

Further Readings;

High Tech Design – Sustainability

Place: Tokyo, Japan

Type/ Subject/ Tags: Building ‘The Shimizu Corporation’


After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami Japan shut down all of its nuclear reactors and set regional energy reduction targets to help meet energy demands without having to increase generating capacity. No one seems to be taking this heightened awareness of energy efficiency and renewable energy more seriously than the Shimizu Corporation, a large architecture, engineering and construction firm based in Tokyo. On August 1, they opened their new headquarters – which is touted to be the least carbon-emitting building in the world.



The Shimizu Corporation headquarters is projected to emit only 25 pounds per square foot of CO2 per year, which is 62% less than a typical Tokyo office building. One major energy-efficiency strategy that contributes to this reduction is the building’s innovative HVAC system, which utilizes water hoses in the ceiling panels. Water in hoses set above the ceiling panels is kept at a temperature of 68 degrees, so when heat produced by people and equipment below rises to the ceiling, it’s automatically cooled, and the cool air sinks cooling the space that people occupy. This convective HVAC system alone reduces carbon emissions by 30% compared to buildings with conventional HVAC systems.

6500 square feet of solar photovoltaic panels on the exterior of the building are set to produce 84,000 kilowatt-hours a year – enough to power the building’s daytime lighting needs. The building also sports a smart façade with motorized shading devices that automatically adjust to shade the building from unwanted thermal heat gain while still letting natural daylight in. These strategies, along with the use of LED lighting and occupancy sensors reduce the headquarters’ lighting CO2 emissions by a whopping 90% compared to buildings with conventional lighting.

By 2015, Shimizu plans to reduce its headquarter’s carbon emissions by 70% by refining their energy-saving strategies, and the company eventually plans to make the building zero-emissions by purchasing carbon offsets. Their commitment to carbon reduction not only shows a sensitivity to Japan’s lack of natural resources and recent energy crisis, but it also serves to demonstrate to potential clients in Japan and all over the world what Shimizu is capable of doing in green building. This multiple benefit very much fits into the company’s “Rongo to Soroban” mission which promotes the balance between ethical humanism and economic gain.


Place: Tokyo, Japan

Type/ Subject/ Tags: Design Week, Events, JapaneseW_A01

Photo by Taishi Hirokawa、Tomoki Hirokawa /Hair & Make by carrie HM 


Participating Architects:
Junya Ishigami / o+h (Maki Onishi + Yuki Hyakuda) / CAt – Coelacanth and Associates (Kazuhiro Kojima + Kazuko Akamatsu) / Kazuyo Sejima / Makoto Tanijiri / SANDWICH (KOHEI NAWA) / MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO (Masahiro Harada + Mao) / Sou Fujimoto / Terunobu Fujimori / Akihisa Hirata / Riken Yamamoto


The architectural exhibition will feature the architectural models and proposals created by the 13 most renowned Japanese architects. It highlights behind-the-scenes of the projects. Visitors will witness the moments of the architects’ vast ideas getting consolidated onto the proposal and being visualized for the first time.


Related Exhibitions
In TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK 2014, we present three special exhibitions related to Architecture.


①The “Architectural Model and Project Exhibition” by top Japanese architects

②”Super Material Exhibition” presenting the latest construction materials for future architecture

③”Super Renovation Exhibition” suggesting us new ideas in renovating our homes


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