xLAB Program

About xLAB Summer Program Exchange Ideas with Key Thinkers

As professional boundaries expand into other fields, architecture searches for a multi-dimensional approach to shaping future environments. Conventionally, architecture has focused on the physical built environment and developed tools to analyze space. With advancements in information technologies, it is equally important for architecture to work with time, the medium of information space. Future environments will not only see the amplification of information space, but also its integration with physical space. Methodologies developed by architecture to address static space is no longer sufficient to design intertwined mechanism called “spatiotemporal” to build the future environment. To examine architecture’s elastic boundaries and consider new approaches, xLAB was founded as an international think tank initiative dedicated to investigating the fusion of future physical and digital environments through interdisciplinary collaboration.


The xLAB Summer Program is co-hosted by Shinkenchiku-sha, xLAB UCLA – Dept. of Architecture and Urban Design, Unv. of Tokyo – Dept. of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies, and Miraikan. The program is held each summer within the three-year sequence. Through experimental exchanges, testing of ideas, and sharing knowledge, the xLAB Summer Program functions as a cross-disciplinary catalyst for architectural education which develops strategies for our future built environment.

As a platform, the xLAB Summer Program brings together students and instructors with diverse faculty from architecture, business, technology and science in a flexible, non-hierarchical educational model.

As a hub, the xLAB Summer Program creates an international and interdisciplinary network which enable academic and professional participants to broaden their research networks and global knowledge.


As a laboratory, the xLAB Summer Program tests scenarios, and demonstrate ideas to understand the impact of technology on our built environment.

The theme of the program is set for each year, and offers a research topic surrounding the Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Community (2017), Mobility (2018), and Resilience (2019). The 2020 Tokyo Olympics presents a 21st Century case study in which to study, develop, and test new strategies for the future of the city and the architectural discipline. Students and faculty explore concepts on urbanism, including infrastructure, technological integration with existing systems, and simulated non-physical environments.



The xLAB Summer Program is directed by Hitoshi Abe (Professor, UCLA – Dept. of Architecture and Urban Design), Kengo Kuma (Professor, Univ. of Tokyo – Dept. of Architecture), and Atsushi Deguchi (Professor, Univ. of Tokyo – Dept. of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies).


The xLAB Summer Program will be held for two weeks from July 26 to August 9, 2019. In addition to student programming, many lectures and events will be open to the public.


The xLAB Summer Program is co-hosted by Shinkenchiku-sha, xLAB UCLA, Unv. of Tokyo – Dept. of Architecture and Urban Design, Unv. of Tokyo – Dept. of Socio Cultural Environmental Studies, and it is sponsored by Mitsui Fudosan and Hitachi.


The xLAB Summer Program was mainly held at the Kashiwanoha Campus (Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture) where numerous the most advanced research centers in Japan are located. At Kashiwanoha campus, we will have studios and seminars based in KOIL (Kashiwanoha Open Innovation Lab) under the sponsorship of Mitsui Fudosan. In addition, Kasumigaseki Building Plaza Hall (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 2017), the University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 2017-2018), Keio University’s Mita Campus (Minato-ku, Tokyo 2017), Tokyo Midtown Hibiya (Chiyoda-ku, 2018) etc. will be used as a lecture hall.