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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
UIA WORLD CONGRESS 2011
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
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
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
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
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disposal. Outside, bicycle racks have proliferated, now
accommodating 100 additional bikes...
Postcard from West Potomac Park
by Kevin Matthews
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
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.
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