Yugen and the Art of Mysteriousness in Japanese Architecture

Yugen and the Art of Mysteriousness in Japanese Architecture

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Blog

Yugen: appreciating the unknown Japan is a country made up of islands. Surrounded by the ocean, its climate is humid and constantly changing. Along the coast, high mountains are often covered in mist and fog. In part, familiarity with these transforming, obscured landscapes–as seen in this scroll from the Edo period–is what creates the Japanese […]

Self, Space, and Beyond: Where and How Do We Experience Mindfulness?

Self, Space, and Beyond: Where and How Do We Experience Mindfulness?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2019 in Blog

Connections between the mind, body, and environment Imagine you are walking through an outdoor path in Kyoto, surrounded by bamboo. While you walk, your blood pressure happens to decrease. Is it because you are taking in the smells of the bamboo as you walk? Is your mind communicating a positive reaction to the space to […]

“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 […]