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Architecture students explore Tokyo on international visit


Last semester, Sarah Mills, Senior Lecturer within the School of Art, Architecture & Design led a group of postgraduate students on an international visit to Tokyo.

The trip came after students from the University of Tsukuba visited Leeds Beckett University earlier in semester one. Travelling with Professor Momoyo Kaijima of Tokyo-based architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow, Tsukuba students undertook a ‘Film and Architecture’ workshop in Scarborough with the resultant work presented in the town’s Council Chamber.

Travelling to Tokyo allowed MArch Architecture students the chance to study the 'subtraction' of the Kanda River. They later presented their architectural proposals at Japan Women's University, as part of ‘Catalytic Commoning' event prior to a presentation by Sarah Mills and members of Cinematic Architecture Tokyo. Students also met Mayumi Mori of Yanesen magazine and Professor Jordan Sand from Georgetown University to discuss their current thesis designs. Students had the opportunity to visit a number of sites of interest including St Mary's Cathedral by Kenzo Tange, Pasona Urban Farm by Kono Designs and Asakura Sculpture Garden.

During the trip Sarah Mills curated the exhibition 'Cinematic Commons' hosted by the Design Hub, Tokyo and Kyushu University. She also directed a workshop 'The possibility of a Cinematic Architecture'; in collaboration with Cinematic Architecture Tokyo and Kyushu University. Additionally, Sarah travelled to The University of Tsukuba to give a lecture 'Architecture and the Film Essay' and review the Tsukuba students' work following their trip to the UK.

Speaking about her experience of the trip, student Sarah Gerrish said: “The week spent in Tokyo gave us the opportunity to explore many architectural projects and the chance to research and document our findings.

“Gaining knowledge in this way is invaluable and can't be found from online resources. The trip was a unique learning experience and the visit to the Women’s University provided the opportunity to network with peers.”

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