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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 537
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    The UIA's World Congress of Architecture was held at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, Japan, from September 26 to September 28, 2011. Photo: C.B. Liddell

    by C.B. Liddell

    There were fears that the great earthquake that struck eastern Japan in March 2011 would in some way lessen the UIA World Congress recently held in Tokyo by the International Union of Architects (UIA).

    Instead, the afterimage of disaster had the opposite effect, adding poignancy to proceedings and setting up an appropriate context for some of the main ideas explored at the three-day event. Many of these focused on how architecture can achieve a better balance with nature and the environment.

    The congress was held at the Tokyo International Forum (TIF), a landmark conference center design by Rafael Vinoly, recognized by its spectacular boat-shaped primary space.

    Located near the Imperial Palace, as well as the central train station, the 24th World Congress of Architecture was opened by Emperor Akihito on Monday, September 26, and filled three days, through to the closing ceremony and official handover to the next hosts, Durban in South Africa, on the evening of Wednesday, September 28.

    Conference and Context

    In the days leading up to the congress there were several architecture-related events in the city, notable among them being the opening of a major exhibition at the Mori Art Museum, "Metabolism: The City of the Future," where Rem Koolhaas, among others, was seen in interested attendance.

    The exhibit showcased the work of the Metabolists, an influential 1960s Japan-centered architectural movement that included many of the most renowned post-war architects, such as Arata Isozaki, Kisho Kurokawa, and Fumihiko Maki.   >>>


    Ellerbe Beckett designed the Rose Garden (1995), an eight-story basketball arena in Portland, Oregon, which has received a Gold-level LEED-EB certification. Photo: David Owen/Artifice Images

    LEED-EB O&M at the Rose Garden Arena
    by Tim Shinabarger

    In the last few years, fans of the Portland Trail Blazers may have noticed some changes to the Rose Garden arena, the basketball team's home court in Portland, Oregon. The white roof may look a bit brighter, after cleaning to improve solar reflectivity.

    In the event-level concourse, under the new LED lights, a pewter-colored plaque on a gray pillar carries a message that might seem incongruous in a professional sports venue: "U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold 2010."

    Indeed, the Rose Garden achieved certification in 2010 under LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M).

    Like the Empire State Building in New York City, and the Christman Building, a medium-sized office building in Lansing, Michigan, the Rose Garden is one of a growing number of buildings to receive this LEED certification for sustainability of ongoing operations.

    Inside, conventional trash cans have been replaced by 300 receptacles for enhanced recycling and compost disposal. Outside, bicycle racks have proliferated, now accommodating 100 additional bikes...   >>>


    The new national memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., in Washington, D.C., overlooks the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, adjacent to the core area of the National Mall. Photo: Kevin Matthews/Artifice Images

    Postcard from West Potomac Park
    by Kevin Matthews

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    More than 10,000 people thronged around the U.S. national memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, October 16, 2011, as the new monument was dedicated by President Barack Obama.

    It is beautifully sited, with Dr. King, standing half-emerged from the great block of stone, gazing both at the visitors who behold him, and farther too, out across the Tidal Basin toward the Jefferson Memorial. A little farther around the Tidal Basin, near the south extent of West Potomac Park, is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.

    The great statue of Dr. King emerging from the rock is the strong centerpiece of the memorial. Also important, and very moving, is the great arc of inscribed granite that bounds the inland edge of the large interior plaza of the memorial. With Dr. King's powerful, evocative words quoted on it, this great sweep of stone indeed seems to curve itself toward justice.

    I saw person after person — teenagers, families, couples — pose and be photographed in turn, alongside King's words in granite.

    The metaphor of the great split block of stone, through which one enters from the street, remains somewhat forced (or perhaps lost) to this observer — although glimpsing Jefferson through the entry cleft is priceless...   >>>

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