“Clouds, Bubbles, and Waves” of Japanese architecture

“Clouds, Bubbles, and Waves” of Japanese architecture

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Blog

What are “clouds, bubbles, and waves”? They suggest impermanence of Japanese architecture, but also resiliency of it. At the symposium on this very curious subject at Yale School of Architecture, Yoko Kawai of PED had a pleasure to moderate one of the sessions. Japanese architecture is known for its respect to the impermanence of life […]

Designing Mindfulness: Spatial Concepts in Traditional Japanese Architecture

Designing Mindfulness: Spatial Concepts in Traditional Japanese Architecture

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Blog

On May 31st, Yoko Kawai is going to talk “Designing Mindfulness: Spatial Concepts in Traditional Japanese Architecture”, at TALKS+ of New York Japan Society. Please join this event!

Workplace Matters In Spite of Innovation

Workplace Matters In Spite of Innovation

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Architecture, Blog, Space for Well-being

At the panel discussion event ” The Future of Innovation in the Workplace”, PED’s Yoko Kawai, on behalf of Mirai Work Space, had a pleasure to moderate the conversation. It was at Williams Club in New York on January 22nd, and we had a large and lively audience! The panelists represented¬†cowork or cowork-like places in […]

Design and Posture – Secrets of Being a Little Happier

Design and Posture – Secrets of Being a Little Happier

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog, Space for Well-being

You are in the middle of the beautiful landscape. But instead of looking up, you look down to your phone and slouch. Sounds familiar? When you slouch, you not only look bad but also feel powerless and hopeless. The repetitive strain on the neck and cervical spine can develop the neuromuscular syndrome that involves depression […]

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol. 5 – Perishable Landscape

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol. 5 – Perishable Landscape

Do you know what colored maple leaves and cherry blossoms have in common? The answer is that both are perishable. Their colors, red of maple and pink of cherry, last only for a few days. Japanese people cherish them because of their short lives. Yes, I said “because of”, not “in spite of”. The logical […]