Student Lecture Series | Takaharu and Yui Tezuka: Timeless— Finding Kronos

Friday, March 24, 2023, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Photo by Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA

Photo by Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA

This event will be conducted in-person in The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium and through Zoom. 

For Zoom attendance, please register in advance here.
For In-Person attendance, please register in advance here

What can we leave for the 22nd century?

There are many divinations about oldness, but unlike trees or fossils, the age of architecture is too young for radiocarbon dating. There are only the stories written by human beings. However, history is not science but memorandum, memorandum is nothing more than data, and data is nothing more than a result.

We want to discuss the future, not the past. There are world heritage buildings older than a millennium where most of the materials have been replaced during restoration processes. It is necessary to replace some materials to meet modern needs, and thus the longevity of a building has nothing to do with the durability of material—most old architecture is fragile and needs to be taken care of. The inclined wall and aged floor are seen as authenticity of the architecture. Functionality has nothing to do with the life span of a building—old architecture is usually inefficient compared to modern architecture.

Nothing is old at the beginning of its existence. If the architecture was built as old, it wouldn't last long. What makes a city old? No architect knows how long the architecture will last when they build it. Only Kronos knows which one will last.

In addtition, Takaharu Tezuka will talk about the Jhamtse Gatsal New Learning Center, an orphanage deep in the Himalayan mountains. 

The lecture will be followed by a public discussion moderated by Tate Liang.

Takaharu and Yui Tezuka founded Tokyo-based firm Tezuka Architects in 1994. They have extensive experience designing spaces of living and learning that are intimately connected with human personality and interaction, such as Fuji Kindergarten, which was named the best school in the world by OECD and UNESCO.

Tezuka Architects received the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from UNESCO in 2017, as well as domestic prizes such as Architectural Institution of Japan Prize, The Japan Institute of Architects Prize, Good Design Award Gold Prize, and children’s Environment Association Prize.

Yui is involved in the establishment of kindergarten’s design code at National Institute of Educational Policy Research. Their theory on children’s environment is published as the "Yellowbook" from Harvard University.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.