Tokyo Event: Writing about Architecture and Design in Japan

Speaker: Naomi Pollock
Place: Wesley Center (6-10-7 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo). (Map)
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Attendance Fee: 1,000 yen for SWET members; 1,500 yen for non-members

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Seasoned architectural writer and critic, Naomi Pollock, will discuss the making of her new book Made in Japan: 100 New Products (released September 18). She will speak about the challenges and rewards of writing about design in general but will also cover specific topics relating to her new book, such as how she researched and compiled the book and worked with an overseas publisher. In addition, Pollock will explain her objectives in writing about Japanese product design for an international audience. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for sale at a small discount. If you know you want a copy, please reserve one by sending an email to naomipollock[at]

SWET member Alice Gordenker's Japan Times article on "What It Means to Be 'Made in Japan'" came out October 2, 2012, just in time to fill in even more colors in Naomi Pollock's background prior to her SWET presentation October 21st.

Naomi Pollock is an American architect who lives in Tokyo where she writes about design in Japan. Her work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Pacific, including A+U, Dwell, the New York Times, Wallpaper and Architectural Record for whom she is the Special International Correspondent. In addition, she is the author of Modern Japanese House and Hitoshi Abe, published by Phaidon Press Inc. in 2005 and 2008 respectively. Pollock is also a co-author of New Architecture in Japan published by Merrell Publishers Limited in 2010.