Dana Buntrock (UC Berkeley), UTokyo lecture "Architectural Incentives: From Awards to Economics, " May 31, 2018

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May 31, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Japanese History / Studies

The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science

(ISS, or Shaken), welcomes you to a lecture by

Dana Buntrock

(University of California, Berkeley)

Architectural Incentives: From Awards to Economics




Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo



What are the ways that societies goad architects produce "good work"? How does the profession evolve in the face of aging society, climate change and other challenges? Do incentives differ from place to place, and why? Local opportunities that drive architects result in Japan's greater success in international awards like the Pritzker Prize and in its inability to respond as effectively to electricity shortages as it did to the Oil Shocks. 


Dana Buntrock is Chair of the University of California’s Center for Japanese Studies and a Professor in the Department of Architecture. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations in Japanese architecture and construction practices, starting with her first book, Japanese Architecture as a Collaborative Process: Opportunities in a Flexible Construction Culture (London: Spon, 2000). She has conducted fieldwork in Japan, the US, Taiwan, and Korea, supported by fellowships from the US National Science Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, and the Social Science Research Council. The author of three books and dozens of articles in professional and academic journals, Prof. Buntrock has, since 2011, focused on how energy supply and architecture create opportunities for new approaches in Japan.


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