Architecture as a Medium


The University of Tokyo is currently hosting “Architecture as a Medium: From Piranesi to Expo ’70.”

What kinds of messages did architecture try to confer in the modern age, and how were they designed to fulfill that purpose? Every man-made object acts as a carrier of information to a certain degree. Architecture is no exception.

This exhibition will look at architecture as an informative medium. The focus will be on two ideas: Architectural depictions which deeply influenced real architecture and aesthetic thought, (ex. prints by Piranesi) and buildings which were conferred with a message (ex. buildings at the expo).

On display will be prints of fantastic roman architecture by G.B. Piranesi, imaginary reconstructions of ancient ruins from the 18th century, and documents concerning the history of the world expo. (TAB)

It’s at the University Museum until May 8.