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Living Traditions 2024: Creative Forum PDX – A Conversation on Art, Architecture, and Landscape

Event Info

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024
Time: Door opens 3 pm, Program 3:30 – 5:00 pm PST
Venue: Wieden+Kennedy Portland Atrium (224 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209)
Capacity: 200 seats

Join Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden at the iconic Portland advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy, for the first ever in-person installment of Living Traditions, a series of conversations and talks that explore some of the most iconic facets of Japanese culture.

“A Conversation on Art, Architecture, and Landscape” will explore the future of urban environments and the evolving roles of creative institutions to inspire civic discourse. Keynote speaker Yuko Hasegawa, Japan’s foremost contemporary art curator, will expound on her vision for integrating environmental awareness and ecology into exhibitions and innovative public programming. Joining Hasegawa in this forum will be a panel discussion featuring luminary speakers including architect Shohei Shigematsu (Director of OMA NYC) and landscape architect Dorothée Imbert (Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University). Professor Ken Tadashi Oshima (Professor of architecture, University of Washington, Seattle) will moderate this dialogue on how architecture, land use, and agriculture can foster creative placemaking and environmental sustainability.

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Program (All times PST)

3:00 pm: Doors open
3:30 pm: Opening Remarks
3:45 pm: Keynote speech Yuko Hasegawa, Director, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
4:10 pm: Intro to Panel Discussion

  • Presentation by Shohei Shigematsu, Architect / OMA Partner and Director of OMA New York
  • Presentation by Dorothée Imbert, Landscape Architect / Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University

4:30 pm: Panel Discussion

  • Yuko Hasegawa x Shohei Shigematsu x Dorothée Imbert
  • Moderator: Ken Tadashi Oshima, Professor of Architecture, University of Washington

5:00 pm: End of the program

A networking reception immediately follows the forum. All forum attendees are invited.

About Living Traditions

Many of today’s most popular trends are rooted in Japanese traditions going back centuries, such as Zen spiritual practices, innovative textile working, attention to seasonality, and sustainability practices. Since 2020, the Living Traditions series has revealed the historic trajectories of Japanese culture. These single-topic virtual discussions have covered multiple disciplines and featured thought-provoking conversations between experts and cultural stewards on how they maintain deep-rooted traditions in the present day. In 2024, for the first time, Living Traditions will feature an in-person creative forum, inviting trailblazers in architecture, landscape design, and the arts to a discussion about the latest developments between these creative fields and environmental sustainability.

Living Traditions is presented by Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden in partnership with Japan Society (NY) and Wieden+Kennedy. The series is supported by the Government of Japan.

Previous online program recordings are available for viewing.
More information about Japan Society’s iteration of Living Tradition 2024 is available.

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About the Speakers

Portrait of Yuko Hasegawa in front of green out of focus foliage wearing a pink shirt Yuko Hasegawa is Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Emeritus Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts, and Visiting Professor of Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. She has served as a curator at Art Tower Mito (1989–93), visiting curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1992–93), curator at the Setagaya Art Museum (1993–99) and Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2016-March 2021). Hasegawa is also Artistic Director of the Inujima Art House Project (2011- present). She completed a BA in Law at Kyoto University, and an MFA in Art History at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. She has been honored with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2015), the Ordem de Rio Branco, Brazil (2017), and Japan Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (2020).

Shohei Shigematsu portrait in front of abstract painting wearing a green shirt
Photo by Julian Cassady.

Shohei Shigematsu is a partner at OMA, an international architecture firm. Shigematsu leads OMA’s diverse portfolio in the Americas and Japan. He is responsible for delivering a number of projects across North America, including Milstein Hall for the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning; a new building for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; the Faena Forum in Miami Beach; Sotheby’s headquarters in New York; the Audrey Irmas Pavilion for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles; and a holistic campus renovation and new building for the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, New York.

His expansion to the New Museum in New York City is currently under construction. In addition to buildings for museums and institutions, Shigematsu has collaborated with artists such as Cai Guo-Qiang and Marina Abramović, and fashion brands such as Dior, Tiffany & Co., and Prada on exhibition designs, retail flagships, and branding strategies. He is also a professor at Kyushu University of Human Environment Studies and Director of BeCAT (Built Environment Center with Art & Technology).

Dorothée Imbert (Fellow of America Society of Landscape Architects) is the Hubert C. Schmidt ’38 Chair in landscape architecture and the Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She has taught at Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis and practiced at Peter Walker and Partners. Imbert has published extensively on landscape modernism, contemporary practice, and productive landscapes. She authored the books Between Garden and City: Jean Canneel-Claes and Landscape Modernism (2009), Garrett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living (with Marc Treib, 2005), The Modernist Garden in France (1993), and was the editor of A Landscape Inventory: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste (2018) and Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation (2015). More recently, Imbert’s research has focused on the politics of landscape. Imbert has served on numerous boards and juries, including Dumbarton Oaks and the Society of Architectural Historians, and, more recently, was the jury chair of the inaugural Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architectural Prize. Imbert continues to engage in research and design practice including The Square (with Andrew Cruse), a landscape on structure for the Novartis campus in Basel, Switzerland. She received her architect’s diploma from UPA 1 (now Paris Malaquais) in Paris and holds a post-professional MArch and an MLA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Headshot of Ken Oshima on a grey backgroundKen Tadashi Oshima is Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he teaches in the areas of trans-national architectural history, theory and design. He has also been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and UCLA. Dr. Oshima is a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians and served as President from 2016-18. He curated the exhibition, The Wright Imperial Hotel at 100: Frank Lloyd Wright and the World (2023) and is author of Kiyonori Kikutake Between Land and Sea (2015), Global Ends—Towards the Beginning (2012), International Architecture in Interwar Japan: Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku (2009), and Arata Isozaki (2009). His articles on the international context of architecture and urbanism in Japan have been published in journals including Architectural Review, Architectural Theory Review, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Kenchiku Bunka, Japan Architect, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, and the AA Files.