Kaori Ito, associate professor of urban planning and design at Tokyo University of Science inaugurates the Global Practices in Architecture Lecture Series on Thursday, August 26, 2010, 6 p.m., in 100 Rapson Hall. Ito's lecture, "Tokyo: Small Urban Spaces in the World's Largest Urban Area," explores Tokyo's urban form and life through the lens of her work including the short animated film PopulouSCAPE and Tokyo Picnic Club projects, which draw together creators from the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape, illustration, photography, food, and more to develop creative projects in public spaces.
Kaori Ito's Tokyo Picnic Club
Ito studied architecture at the University of Tokyo and earned a doctor of engineering degree in 2001. She did research in urban analysis and spatial information science as a 1999-2002 JSPS Research Fellow and as assistant professor in the Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo 2002-05. She was appointed junior associate professor of urban planning and design at the Tokyo University of Science in 2005, and has been associate professor since 2008. She published Civic Pride: Designing Communication of Cities (in Japanese) with design journalist Nobuko Shimuta in 2008. She founded Tokyo Picnic Club (TPC) with architect Hiroshi Ota in 2002. TPC consists of creators from various fields such as architecture, urbanism, landscape, graphic design, illustration, photography, food coordination, and curating. Their creative projects on public spaces have been delivered in Japan, Korea, and the United Kingdom.
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