Wayo Women’s University Seminar House, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. 1997.
Sakura Seminar House, a project commissioned in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Wayo Woman’s University, is a retreat house for the faculty, students and alumni. Sited on 8 hectares of meadow, the balance between architecture and landscape was designed to create an integrated whole where the architecture acts as a mediating filter between the interior garden void and the expansive meadow beyond. A play of different spatial scales brings new opportunity for social interactions between students.
Wayo Women’s University Seminar House Plans, Chiba Pref., Japan. 1997.
Main Building and Cafeteria: Classrooms, Japanese tea room, Audio-visual
hall, lecture hall, foyer, main hall, administration offices, Cafeteria
and kitchen and machine room.
Yamaguchi Prefecture University Master Plan and Phase I. 1996.
Extension of the University onto a mountainous site required sensitive site planning for a four-phased master plan. Completion of Phase I: Front entrance and promenade leading into future campus center.
Oyake House. Tokyo, Japan. 1995.
Two story house organized around a courtyard for a family of four.
A roof garden with a glass spiral stairway sets a place for respite in the busy district of Harajuku. Located on the 3rd level of a eleven-story tower, the garden was designed for the Sony sound and broadcasting studio.
• Azabu Campus Master Plan. Tokyo. 1996.
A 20-year phasing plan for an Environmental and Biological Sciences campus, plan proposed increasing parkland by establishing a central park and by retaining every tree on site while renovating 20,000SM of built space. Foundations of buildings to be razed were retained as rain catchments as part of a grey water purification system that would percolate through a contained biological filtration route along the natural slope of the site intersecting the central park. An architecture prototype accommodating new office space, labs and animal quarters linked the interior spaces of the building, and the courtyard with the park.
• Hiyama Museum of Modern Art. Hiyama. 1997.
Tomonoura Urban Design Series. Hiroshima Prefecture. 1993-1998.
Tomonoura, located in Japan's Seto Inland Sea, began as the landing
place for Buddhist monks returning from Korea and China establishing
their temples before trekking overland to Kyoto. Tomo’s more
recent history is in many ways exemplary of Japan's last 400 years
of industrialization. Prospering as fishermen’s port of call
and home for steel mills. By the 1980s, most of the town stands
empty; the mills silenced, abandoned homes multiply. Dams cut off
fresh water to the fast degrading sea. An aging population sends
their children away for economic opportunity.
Tomonoura Urban Design Research. 1993-1995.
Factor N Associates joining with Nihon Sekkei, GK Sekkei and the town of Tomo, begins urban design studies based on the methodology developed in Finley’s doctoral thesis on residual space and vacancy. Presentations made to townspeople initiate a format of public forum spanning three years. Opening the way for further interaction.
Tomonoura Urban Design Summer seminars. 1995–1998.
Seminars held in conjunction with the Architecture and Arts programs in Musashino University of Art and Kunitachi Music College. Graduate students produce surveys on vacancy and renovate an Edo period well (1500s) neglected from the 1940s. Well washing, traditionally organized through local Shinto shrines, was an activity solidifying social cohesiveness while maintaining environmental resources – a practice of environmental health maintained by social interaction. After WWII such activities were discouraged.
Dance of Innocence. 1995–1998.
This event was part of an ongoing program for encouraging activism and identification of Tomo’s urban issues. 100 children with their parents participate in a choreographed event at a Shrine and in town – using their bodies as instruments to produce the sound of water falling on their town. Rain Dance is a poetic and acoustic depiction of the flow of water through Tomo highlighting its sacred and profane relationship with the villagers - from mountain, Shrine spring to the community water pumps and neglected wells into the Seto Inland Sea. Water quality and environmental policy are brought to the fore in the minds of the townspeople.
Atsushi Nakamichi-photography, Seigen Ono-composer/master recording,
Nancy Finley-installation architect/choreography.
Haizuka Earthworks Project and Summer Camp. Soryo/Kisa/Mirasaka, Hiroshima
Requiem for the Amphibians of Haizuka Dam.
On the Culture of Body, City and Architecture. 1993 – 2005.
On the Culture of Body, City, and Architecture Workshop began
as an Architecture Masters course at the Tokyo National University
of Arts and Music (Geidai) in 1993. Over the years, inspired by
the environs of Tokyo, the WS content promoted creative approaches
for bringing greater awareness to one’s design process and
enabled exploration of the spatial and temporal relations between
self, community, architecture, and urban environment.
10 City Profiles from 10 Young Architects. 空間から状況へ.
Renewal of Urban Void.
Tokyo, a formidable complex of urban villages somehow retains
a human scale. Cars do not own the city, rather systems of movement
in which the car is only part exists in Tokyo. Urban space is dense
and surprising where Architecture can establish potent anchors
of activity, and urban voids offer sanctuary. The interaction between
built form and void of this mega collection of villages invites
the walker - designer to explore and be inspired.
Towards Civic Society – Designer’s Stance, 2003.
Professional works during residence in Japan from 1984~2005. Urban Design,
Land-art installations, Architecture Projects, Research and Gallery Exhibits.