Japan House Archaeology of the Future: Talk by Tane Tsuyoshi at the Great Exhibition Road Festival

During your visit to this year’s Great Exhibition Road Festival, enjoy a talk by Japanese architect Tane Tsuyoshi, whose thoughts on design are currently featured in Japan House London’s exhibition Design Discoveries: Towards a Design Museum Japan.

The founder of Paris-based Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects, Tane is currently engaged in a range of architectural projects across the world underpinned by the concept of ‘Archaeology of the Future’, imagining forward-looking architecture by digging into the memories of a place.  

During the talk, Tane explores how this concept informs some of his major works. These include the Estonian National Museum (2016, developed by DGT. Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects) which incorporates a Soviet military runway, creating a pathway that connects Estonian memories to the future without erasing scars from the past; the Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art (2020), which preserves and develops a 100-year-old red brick warehouse in Aomori Prefecture, Japan; and current projects including the Imperial Hotel Tokyo (to be completed in 2036).

Tane also discusses his contributions to the exhibition Design Discoveries: Towards a Design Museum Japan, which is on display at Japan House London from 15 May to 8 September. Tane designed the exhibition, and as one of 7 guest contributors, presents his own design discovery: prehistoric Jōmon villages built 10,000 years ago in Iwate, Japan.

The presentation is part of a talk series held in the Dyson School of Engineering’s Design Innovation Zone as part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival. See the full talks programme on the website of the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

About the Speaker

Tane Tsuyoshi is a Paris-based Japanese architect. He founded ATTA – Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects in Paris in 2017 after having co-founded DGT. Architects in 2006. He is recognized as being one of the leading architects of the new generation. Tane believes that architecture belongs to the memory of a place that connects its past to the future. This idea is embodied in his concept – ‘Archaeology of the Future’. In his career, he has received numerous awards and honours, including the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2022; the Grand Prix AFEX – French Architects Overseas in 2016 and 2021; the Jean-Dejean Prize of the French Academy of Architecture; the Estonian Cultural Endowment Grand Prix; the 67th Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists; and many others.

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