International Symposium: Architectures for a Mutant City. 60 Years of Metabolism 1960-2020, and Beyond

Event Time: 22 February (all day) - 23 February (morning till 1pm) 2021

2020 has marked the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Metabolist Manifesto titled: Metabolism 1960. Proposal for a New Urbanism.  The Metabolist movement was initiated by a group of young Japanese architects, urban designers, graphic and industrial designers who promoted their manifesto in occasion of the Tokyo World Design Conference in May 1960. Their utopian urban and architectural projects together with the visionary approach to themes like the organic urban growth and the design of flexible architecture gained the favour of Western critics and architectural elites in a phase of drastic transformation of the architecture vocabulary and urban paradigms, which contributed to promote the image of Japan as a land of technological innovation and futuristic cities.

By bringing together renowned scholars and academics from Australia, Japan, Europe, S. Korea and the US, this event intends to explore and promote reflections on how the lessons of Metabolism can still inform the current debate on city making and future practice in architectural design and urban planning. 

The symposium will be delivered online (webinars) and on campus. It is jointly sponsored and supported by UNSW School of Built Environment and the Japan Foundation Program for Intellectual Exchange Conferences 2020.

Please keep an eye on this webpage for regular updates on the symposium. 

To register your interest and for more information, please contact Dr Raffaele Pernice, Project Director and Co-convener of the History and Theory of the Built Environment Research Cluster, at

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Sponsored and supported by UNSW School of Built Environment and The Japan Foundation Program for Intellectual Exchange Conferences 2020

Event date: 
22 Feb 2021 12:00am to 23 Feb 2021 1:00pm