July 26, 2019

xLAB Summer Program 2019

The UCLA Terasaki Center is proud to introduce the xLAB Summer Program, an initiative spearheaded by Director and Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Hitoshi Abe.


Friday, July 26 - Friday, August 9, 2019
Kashiwa-no-ha Campus and other locations in Tokyo, Japan



xLAB is an international think tank initiative that examines architecture’s elastic boundaries and considers new possibilities through interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of the future built environment. As professional boundaries expand into other fields, architecture searches for a multi-dimensional approach to shaping future environments. For 21st Century design, architecture must not only develop strategies for the physical environment, but also consider the technical environment of information space. The design of static "space" has begun to transform into dynamic environments that also handle "time"--the base mode of information space. To build future environments, the design methodologies that have been developed to deal with static space need to be updated in order to address the intertwined mechanism of "space-time."

xLAB encourages partnerships with a range of industries-including business, technology and science-creating a vast network of possibilities that expands architecture’s role and potential to serve as an active platform in which to “Research, Test, Share” ideas between fields, people, and places.


Redefining Resilience in Tokyo

The 2019 xLAB Summer Program will focus on Tokyo’s resilience and consists of studios, seminar lectures, faculty lectures, and a symposium at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). Cities in the 21st century face a growing number of technological, social, and environmental challenges. Changes happening at an unprecedented speed and degree of unpredictability create an urgency to redefine strategies for designing buildings, cities, and environments. For urban systems to respond to various challenges, unpredictabilities, and time modes, it is necessary to develop a softness and redundancy that allows them to fluctuate. Resilience is the capacity for an entity or system to respond to change. The concept of Resilience in the city will be explored from the perspectives of technology, society, and ecology, to discuss, test, and share design methods to increase the resilience of the built and natural environments.


For more information about the program, please download the flyer below or visit the xLAB website.

Download file: 7.27.19-xLAB-flyer-1y-gw1.pdf