Next year Tokyo will host one of the largest events on the architectural calendar: the triennial congress of the International Union of Architects. If the most recent congress, which was held in 2008 in Turin, is any indication, the organizers of “UIA2011 Tokyo” (the 24th World Congress of Architecture) can expect over 10,000 architects and other professionals to flock to the Japanese capital for the event.

To prepare Tokyoites for the onslaught, UIA2011 Tokyo organizers have been holding a series of annual open houses at architectural landmarks throughout the city for the last two years. “open! architecture,” as the events are known, will be held from May 21 till June 13 this year, and will give curious observers the chance to peek inside several buildings that are usually closed to the public.

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