Thursday, November 21, 2013

PLASTER NIGHT 11/25/2013 6:30PM ~

archiPicnic is presenting another fun learning event for architects in NYC

Monday, November 25th from 6:30 PM -

At Kiwa Salon East + RounGe (201 E 23rd Street @ 3rd Ave, 2nd Floor)

The event is FREE, with light refreshments, wine and music

We are gathering NYC architects to the KIWA Salon East + RounGe NYC to experience plastering a wall using a super ecological Japanese plaster, Takachiho Shirasu.  This plaster is made from 100% natural materials including Shirasu, a volcanic soil derived from magma.  Interestingly, this plaster has been proven to purify the air and remove odor, as well as control humidity!

Please come join us to see it with your own eyes, feel it with your own hands!­

RSVP by Sunday, November 24th at

Materials provided by Takachiho Shirasu                                  
Location provided by Kiwa Salon East + RounGe                              
Sponsored by CRASH  and Bisazza

archiPicnic started as a NYC Japanese architects' circle casually gathering in parks.  It has since evolved into a network that organizes events to share fun, intelligent, inspirational experiences and ides with all architects in NYC.  Their past events have included Global PechaKucha Night, Dialogues for a New Japan at AIA NY and IPPOx365.

Takachiho Shirasu Corp. manufactures and sells eco-friendly building materials made from shirasu and other all-natural ingredients.  Shirasu is a unique volcanic soil created naturally from magma. Takachiho’s healthy, eco-friendly products help create safe, comfortable indoor environments.

Kiwa Salon provides the world’s best hair service in the heart of NYC, utilizing cutting edge techniques and innovation from Japan.  Following the success of the first Kiwa Salon in NYC, Kiwa Salon East is planned to open in December, 2013.  Designed by AssistClip - Hiroshi Hagiwara, Motoko Shoboji and Takayuki Kogawara, who are also archiPicnic members.

RounGe is one of the top nail and eyelash salons in Tokyo, offering over 40,000 high quality nail designs.  It will be opening its NYC location with the director, Midori Honma.  She was selected to be the most popular artist out of 100 artists in RounGe's 10 salons in Japan.
CRASH is an international collective of designers, architects, artists, and craftsmen. They are furniture makers and curators whose aesthetic draws on the simplicity and solidity of Vintage Industrial design.  For their product line, master craftsmen unite vintage industrial reclaimed parts with newly fabricated materials.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

IPPO x 365 x 2 - Reflections on the Japanese Front- SOHO NYC, 3/9/13(Sat)

-2 year anniversary of the Earthquake in Japan-

we will be broadcasting on ustream!
Please RSVP:

Please join us on the PechaKucha style presentations by designers / architects who have been involved in the second year of recovery effort on the frontlines in Japan.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
6:00 PM Doors open
6:30 PM-8:00 PM Presentation

Location: Bisazza Flagship in SOHO -also broadcasting online-
43 Greene Street New York (btwn Broome and Grand)


Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA
Shun Kanda   Director, MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative
Shuko Koike   Design Saves Lives
Clifford Pearson, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record
Jake Price, Filmmaker/Photographer
Yuhei Suzuki, Tumugiya
Yutaka Takiura, AIA  Architecture for Humanity, Pratt Institute

Organized by archiPicnic  
Hosted by Bisazza Flagship
Supported by AIANY  The Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee

Light refreshments will be served

Admission: $15 suggested donation to Architecture for Humanity
Live web streaming by Noka Productions:
Facebook page:

This event will be a response to the “Global PechaKucha Night- Inspire Japan” event in 2011 and "IPPO x 365" event last year that archiPicnic successfully hosted.
What has happened since then?  Where are we now?  In the second year of ongoing Japan's recovery, how have designers and architects been able to address the massive damage in the cities, villages and buildings?  Each day has been a step towards recovery and rebuilding--what were these 365 steps like in Japan?

Become inspired!