Learning From Tokyo






Zürich, Switzerland


Exhibition and Symposium


Self-Initiated 2010


Learning from Tokyo Group


Hiromi Hosoya, Markus Schaefer, Ryoko Ikeda (Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG), Sasha Cisar (Bob Gysin + Partner BGP Architekten / Architect and Theorist), Mitsuhiro Kanada (ARUP Japan / Structural Engineer)


Architekturforum Zurich

Logo design:

Büro Destruct, Bern

Photo Credit:

Axel Vansteenkiste

Film production:

Lucas Krupp


Japan Foundation; Stiftung Sakae Stünzi; IKEA-Stiftung (Schweiz); All Nippon Airways co. Ltd., Genève; Stadt Zürich; The Circle, Flughafen Zürich AG, Zürich; ARCH+ Verlag GmbH, Aachen


Architekturforum Zürich; Büro Destruct, Bern; Information Architects, Zürich

Symposium and Exhibition 2012

“Learning from Tokyo” was an exhibition and a symposium in spring 2012 in Zürich that showcased small scale housing projects by progressive architecture offices in Japan. The exhibition focused on the quality and diversity of living space produced on small building lots with limited budgets in the center of a city such as Tokyo. The symposium featured some of the protagonists of this new generation of architects and aimed to establish a dialogue with Swiss architects, planners, city officials and the interested public. The topic contrasted two very different cities and cultures which in many unexpected ways still have a lot in common.

“Learning from Tokyo” was a not-for profit project by “Learning from Tokyo Group” initiated by Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer and established in 2011.

“Learning from Tokyo” received grants from the Japan Foundation, Sakae Stünzi Foundation and IKEA Stiftung Schweiz and was supported by ANA, All Nippon Airlines.




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