Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996 _ 2006 (Parallel Nippon) is part of The Japan Foundation’s travelling exhibition.
The Parallel Nippon in Penang was co-organized with the School of Housing Building and Planning (HBP) of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in conjunction with PARADOX, Architecture week 2014. Fittingly, the opening address was given by Wan Mariah Wan Harun, the Deputy Dean of HBP. The opening was officiated by our Director, Mr. TOYODA Shoichi, with a creative opening domino sequence made by the students of HBP.
Instead of the usual ribbon cutting, the students of HBP had designed a creative domino-esque structure that would topple nicely to officiate the ceremony. There was also celebratory singing performance separately in honor of the ceremony.
In the true spirit of architecture, PARADOX’s collaboration with Parallel Nippon was really fitting as the exhibitions aim was to share Japanese architecture with Malaysia, almost like a cultural exchange of sorts.
Parallel Nippon also featured a 3D origami models and display in addition to the photography of 120 buildings designed by renowned Japanese architects or construction firms from all over the world.
With a crowd of 150 large, the opening saw many excited architectural students, who, in conjunction with their own event, had put in their valuable time and effort in between classes to help JFKL set up our exhibition as well.
We are very grateful for the help and support from the students and lecturers of the School of Housing, Building and Planning who made Parallel Nippon a success in Penang.
The exhibition ran in Kuala Lumpur to similar fanfare from 1st to 28th of May.