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:

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 ...

Building future cities from grains of sand

Sep 15, 2011

Building future cities from grains of sand

As the last of the debris is cleared from the Great East Japan Earthquake and plans are drawn up to reconstruct the devastated towns and communities, architects and planners are pondering not just to how replace what was lost, but how to improve upon ...

'Dominique Perrault: Urban Landscape'

| Dec 10, 2010

'Dominique Perrault: Urban Landscape'

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Closes Dec. 26 The work of French architect Dominique Perrault is currently on show at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. Today numbered among the top tier of French architects alongside Jean Nouvel and Christian de Portzamparc, Perrault shot ...

Looking beyond art's boundaries

Nov 26, 2010

Looking beyond art's boundaries

Art, it is often said, is a lens through which to see the world differently. “Differently” could mean more intensely, or more clearly, or in a new and unfamiliar way. This inevitably requires a separation between the artwork and the world. Art so understood ...