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Public Drawings, Atelier Bow-Wow

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Momoyo Kaijima

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For architects, hand drawing is not only an important tool to grasp the history, experience, and knowledge of a place, but also a space of tacit negotiation with peers and others.

After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, Atelier Bow-Wow began to produce collective hand drawings on large paper sheets, on which several people worked simultaneously, to jointly find a better future. This approach was further developed with students in different public spaces.

In 2018, inspired by the veduta, Atelier Bow-Wow initiated an international workshop for public drawing with various groups of people in cities like Hiroshima (2014), Venice (2018), Rome (2019), Zürich (2019, 2020), and Prague (2022). During the pandemic, students of the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology produced public drawings focused on a hospital and cemetery in Zürich. In the most recent international workshop, held in Paris in 2023, child psychiatrists and children collaborated to produce a public drawing with Laurent Stalder.


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Momoyo Kaijima is a co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow, an architectural firm based in Tokyo, and professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETH Zürich. While engaging in design projects for houses, public buildings, and station plazas, etc., Momoyo has conducted numerous investigations of the city through architecture.


This object is part of the TACK Exhibition “Unausgesprochenes Wissen / Unspoken Knowledge / Le (savoir) non-dit”, in the section “Codes and Communities”.