Japan's Oldest Condominium Building To Be Demolished

Japan's oldest condominium building to be demolishedFrom a window in the apartment building where she lived for much of her adult life, 81-year-old Kimi Sekine was in a unique position to observe the transformation of Tokyo's bustling Shibuya district.

Japan Tiniest Home Is Inspired By Portable Shops

Japan Tiniest Home is Inspired by Portable ShopsA residence this small is no longer a house but too large to be considered furniture. The intention is fully practical by condensing function to elements. It is small enough to be carried to a location—urban, industrial, natural—and support one person’s need as a full-service shelter. At 27 cubic meters, 3 meters to a side, the design relies on portative elements.

Fujitsu Develops 400 Gbps Optical Transceiver Architecture

Fujitsu Develops 400 Gbps Optical Transceiver ArchitectureFujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Fujitsu R&D Center Co., Ltd. (collectively "Fujitsu") today announced that, to connect multiple datacenters scattered within a metropolitan area with high capacity and at low cost, they have developed a basic architecture for digital-signal processing in optical transceivers transmitting data at 400 gigabits per second over a single wavelength.

Japan Wants To Build Micro Homes

Japan wants to build micro homesIt isn’t, frankly, very sustainable. But the Japanese don’t really like second-hand houses. It is a little difficult to imagine if you live in London, where the most desirable properties are in Georgian or Victorian squares, or in New York, where it’s brownstones or lofts. Not to mention the decadently decaying frescoed Italian palazzi of Rome or Venice.

New Olympic Architecture Heralds Mature Society

New Olympic architecture heralds mature societyMore than a month has passed since the selection of a new design for the new National Stadium, which will be the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Architect Kengo Kuma, who is spearheading a new design after a series of twists and turns, told The Yomiuri Shimbun in a recent interview about his dream of creating a “place to rest in the modern city” that anyone can enjoy.

Human Footsteps Generate Electricity In Stairwells

Human footsteps generates electricity in stairwellsAn apartment complex here sports an innovative lighting system that uses the energy from simple human footsteps to generate electricity in stairwells.
The stairs are covered with a piezoelectric material that generates electricity when pressure is applied. The electricity is momentarily stored in a battery before being transmitted to power the lights. The lights can stay on for up to one minute.

Makoto Sei Watanabe

Makoto Sei WatanabeMakoto Sei Watanabe (born 1952) is a Japanese architect living in Tokyo. He designed such buildings as Japan's K Museum, has lectured at universities around Japan, and won many awards for his designs. He is the author of The Induction Cities, published in 2002.

Step Tower In Osaka

Step Tower in OsakaA stark white ship that sails in the middle of the bustling sea of colors.
The ship floating on the ocean suddenly appears in a shopping center. It evokes a feeling not of a resort area, but of an exotic corner of a town in some southern country. A feeling of a ship that comes across this area by chance.