Tour Tokyo's development ahead of the 2020 Olympics with Atelier Bow-Wow

It’s not long now till 2020, the year when all eyes will be on Japan, as Tokyo hosts the next Summer Olympics. Celebrating and examining the Games and their significance, and in particular the impact of the city’s 1964 Olympics, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima, partners at Atelier Bow-Wow, are taking us through the architectural development of Tokyo and the effect this sporting event had on its residents between then and now.

Part of the Japan Society Gallery’s exhibition ‘Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living 1964/2020’, this clip is a timely look into what is sure to be a key international moment for Japan. The show has been curated by the Tokyo-based architects Atelier Bow-Wow and Japan Society Director Yukie Kamiya, which opened on 11 October 2019. §

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).