Japan Foundation Oct 15 Sat opening: Struggling Cities Exhibition & Library

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Japan Foundation Oct 15 Sat opening: Struggling Cities Exhibition & Library

Post  JF on Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:13 am

The Japan Foundation is open on Saturday, October 15.
Noon - 5:00 pm.
Architectural Exhibition: Struggling Cities

An architectural exhibition presented by The Japan Foundation
Struggling Cities:
from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s

August 19 ~ December 9, 2011

In the mid-20th century, only 25% of the world's population lived in cities, in 50 years this figure rose to 50%. Although it took 5,000 years for the urban population to reach 25%, the rapidity of this doubling shows just how radically the urban population grew in the later 20th century. The rapid urbanization caused drastic changes to cities and forced governments and city authorities to adapt to new conditions. However, modern urban planning has been less effective in large-scale cities because of the difficulty of maintaining organic consistency while overcoming urban problems caused by modernization. Megacities are at the forefront of this problem. In the 1960s Tokyo became a megacity. Various experimental ideas to renovate the city flourished from architects hoping to find a way out of critical problems caused by modernization. The representative examples of these ambitious urban plans were suggested by Kenzo Tange, the Metabolists Group, and Arata Isozaki. Through a combination of diverse media—from architectural scale models to photographs, along with animations and other audio-visuals—this exhibition examines various circumstances of cities in Japan and elswhere up to the present day and identifies the distinctive aspects of those circumstances as they are manifested in present-day Tokyo .

This exhibition includes an audience participation project. To help them visualize their relationship to the city, the visitors are asked to place coloured dots on the city map of Toronto , indicating 1) Where you live in yellow, 2) Place you like in blue, and 3) Place you hate in red. Come place your own dots onto the map at The Japan Foundation !

Monday: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm EXTENDED HOURS
Tuesday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursdays: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm EXTENDED HOURS
Friday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday openings: Noon - 5:00 pm
October 15, November 5 & 19, December 3

other Saturdays & Sundays
November 11 (Remembrance Day)

Admission Free

The Japan Foundation , Toronto
131 Bloor Street West , 2nd floor of the Colonnade
www.jftor.org 416.966.1600 x229


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