Wooden architecture for a second, green modernity

© L. Dederich

On 11 May, the highlight of the project “International Cooperation on Innovative Timber Construction and Earthquake Safety with Japan” (InZuHo), which has been running since 2021 by the University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg and the Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture, will take place in Reutlingen (Germany):

The German-Japanese symposium on wooden architecture – with the world famous architects Kengo Kuma (JP) and Peter Cheret (GE) as key speakers discussing recent trends in wooden architecture.

Since the opening of the country in the 19th century, Japan has exerted a far-reaching fascination. Wooden construction and traditional architecture in particular were the focus of Western interest early on, and this interest has not waned since. In the meantime, it is no longer merely the influence of Japanese architecture that is noticeable in Central Europe; in recent years, renowned Japanese architectural firms have realised wooden buildings here that clearly reflect their country of origin. Parallel to this, there has been a transfer of know-how on questions relating to constructional responses to global climate-related challenges.

In view of the different traditions in dealing with wood as well as common challenges on a global, climate and energy policy level, the symposium aims at an exchange of approaches and concepts in architecture and construction technology for future-oriented, sustainable building. Above all, it serves to create a basis for a debate on what timber architecture for a green modernity will look like.

The symposium can be followed for free also via live stream in Japanese or German language, please register at:


Event Information

May 11, 2023, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hybrid (Online / Reutlingen, Germany)
Organizer(s): University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg

Time: 9:00-17:00 (CET) /16:00-00:00 (JST)

Language: German / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

Entry fee: Not required

Registration deadline: May 01, 2023

*For more information and to register, please click on the “Website” link above in the box.

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