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UIA Work Programme <Architecture of the Future (AOF)>


International Workshop “AOF Asia 2000”

Tokyo, June 23-25, 2000

AOF Prelude

Since the introduction of the UIA Work Program “Architecture of the Future (AOF)“ in 1994, its members have been attempting to define exactly how architecture and urban development will affect the common theme of “Sustainable Society” for all human beings for the 21st century.

AOF Vision

To date, all the efforts of the program’s members have resulted in the development of a GLOBAL vision for the Earth’s environment, as well as the acknowledgement of the need to respect LOCAL identities. While these two elements are often considered to be opposing in principle, the holistic view of sustainability requires the integration of both in terms of time, space and humanity - which can best be expressed by the term: “GLOCAL (=GLOBAL+LOCAL) Approach”. In developing this vision, AOF member architects have thoroughly communicated their viewpoints both through their own thoughts and practices.

AOF in Beijing

The results of the AOF’s activities were officially reported in June 1999 at the 20th UIA Congress in Beijing with the release of the report “AOF Document” and the staging of a poster exhibition. All these presentations attracted keen interests and were received with great appreciation. Subsequently, the JIA passed on the role of AOF secretariat to Bund Deutcher Architekten (BDA) for the next UIA Berlin Congress to be held in 2002.

AOF Asia 2000

As a continuing part of its AOF activities, JIA will host an international workshop, “AOF Asia 2000”, for three days during June 23~25 in Tokyo. It is hoped that “AOF Asia 2000” will serve as a preparatory step for the upcoming conference, “Sustainable Building 2000” (SB2000: see homepage ), to be hosted by the Dutch Government in October 2000 at Maastricht, the Netherlands. This conference is expected to be the most important conference of the year focusing on sustainable architecture and urban development. Approximately 800 participants representing 45 different countries are presumed to attend. An “AOF Session” has already been integrated into the official program of the conference.

Main Theme

Discussions at “AOF Asia 2000” will focus on the Design Process which corresponds to the paradigm shift in architectural design required to accommodate the development of a sustainable society. According to the design flow (Fig.1) of;




the main theme of the workshop is as follows:

Assessment, Inspection and Participation during the Design Process


Sustainable Architecture

A Gap between Design and Assessment

Primary awareness is the rapid shift within academic and administrative sectors worldwide towards the R&D of comprehensive building design assessment methods and tools to evaluate environmental loads of building based on its lifecycles. In some countries, labeling or performance evaluation systems are already being applied within the building sector.

On the other hand, however, the vast majority of “designer-architects” still have little interest in such topics and movements overall. Consequently, the gap continues to widen, creating indifference and isolation among architects.

A Bridge beyond the Gap

For the sake of sustainable society, there is an urgent need for the creation of a new integral design process that bridges this widening gap. It goes without saying that indigenous features, lifestyles, culture and the current levels of development (i.e., “local identity”) must be taken into consideration. Followings are the anticipated sub-themes for the conference;

1.Design Process of Sustainable Architecture

2.Design Assessment of Sustainable Architecture

3.Participation and Design Process

Fig.1 Cyclic Design Process of Sustainable Architecture


Determining and assessing the specific features of the project,

according to:

  1. Natural environment,

2) Social environment, and

3) Project circumstances,

in order to elaborate the CONCEPT and OBJECTIVES to be

shared by all stakeholders.


Developing the best practice of the concept and objectives in both

hardware and software at every life-stage of the project from:

1) Ecological, 2) Technological, 3) Socio-cultural 4) Esthetic, and 5) Economic



Implementing the design on site, to be followed by:

1) Construction management and inspection, and

2) Post-occupancy investigations and evaluations

during the operation stage, for cyclic design improvement.

? Kazuo Iwamura 1999

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