Julian Worrall

Julian Worrall is an Australian architect and writer based in Tokyo since 2000. He is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Waseda University’s Institute for Advanced Study, and runs the research-based design practice LLLABO, dedicated to “distilling the logic and magic of the Asian metropolis.”

For Julian Worrall's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Checking in on Tokyo hotels old and new

| Aug 29, 2014

Checking in on Tokyo hotels old and new

The news that the Hotel Okura in Tokyo will be redeveloped in time for the 2020 Olympics has been greeted with dismay by surprisingly far-flung and influential group of admirers — an indication of the status of clientele that has patronized the hotel since it ...

Venice Biennale lays down the past

Jun 16, 2014

Venice Biennale lays down the past

The Venice Architecture Biennale, first staged in 1980 and recurring every two years, has grown to become the world’s largest and most influential gathering of architectural thought leaders. The event has come to be seen as providing a global snapshot of contemporary practice and ...

Kenzo Tange centennial celebrations

| Jul 29, 2013

Kenzo Tange centennial celebrations

Kenzo Tange, one of the most significant Japanese architect of the 20th century, was born 100 years ago this year. Tange spent much of his childhood in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, on the Seto Inland Sea, and all of the most significant of his early ...

Shigeru Ban: between function and beauty

Apr 23, 2013

Shigeru Ban: between function and beauty

Architecture is rooted in the basic human need for shelter. But the profession today pays little attention to situations where the need for shelter is most urgent, such as after a disaster.

Breathing life into the nature of architecture

Nov 10, 2011

Breathing life into the nature of architecture

Staging an exhibition of architecture, perhaps more than any other art form, demands a curatorial grasp of space-making. In the inevitable absence of the built reality, stand-ins in the form of drawings, models, photographs and film are drafted in to explain and evoke architectural ...

Metabolism: When the future was still ahead

Sep 29, 2011

Metabolism: When the future was still ahead

The word “fukkō” (“reconstruction”) — is once again in the air. Ubiquitous during the postwar period, it enjoyed an earlier vogue a generation before as Tokyo was rebuilt after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. But while the word may be the same, its ...