It is our pleasure to announce that Jonathan Ng Ming-En has been awarded the pillar’s sponsorship for X-LAB Summer Program in Japan. We believe that he would be a great ambassador, representing us well in this programme. We wish him a fruitful learning journey, and let us anticipate his sharing when he returns!

About the Program

As professional boundaries continually expand into other fields, Architecture is currently in search of a multi-dimensional approach to the future environment. The X-LAB Summer Program is a cross-disciplinary curriculum experimenting with new strategies for our built environment. Student participants work closely with a diverse faculty to consider architecture’s elastic boundaries.

From July 30th to August 12th, the X-LAB Summer Program will bring together the fields of architecture, business, technology and science to explore emerging territories through collaborative exchanges to test ideas and share knowledge. This flexible, non-hierarchical platform is comprised of two studios with seven students each, several seminars, and forums with an interdisciplinary research focus on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and themes of Community, Mobility, and Diversity. Participants and faculty alike are exposed to new concepts and ideas constructing our future built environment and shaping the architectural discipline.

Supported by Mitsui Fudosan, the X-LAB Summer Program is an international collaboration between Shinkenchiku-sha and A+U Publication, and X-LAB—a Small Research Center in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles. Additional program collaborators include The University of Tokyo’s Department of Architecture and the Urban Design Centre Kashwa. The the X-LAB Summer Program is co-directed by Hitoshi Abe, Kengo Kuma, and Atsushi Deguchi.