The Window Research Institute is a public interest incorporated foundation engaged in research activities and cultural projects based on windows. Over the past 10 years, the Institute has explored the role that architecture plays in society by capturing architecture from a different point of view than the conventional perspectives through knowledge of the research theme of windows. Making a pillar of activities in conducting and supporting research and surveys on related fields and publishing research results through publications, exhibitions, and lectures, the Institute is promoting its activities aiming to develop discussions in a multifaceted way, while cooperating with active domestic and overseas organizations and specialists in not only architecture but different areas.
Name: Window Research Institute
President: Tadahiro Yoshida
Address: 1-1 Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
| Began windowology
Started initiatives for windowology, which is research activities to deepen our knowledge of windows, as YKK AP Inc. tried to change its business to be a window manufacturer.
| Established the Window Research Institute
Established the Window Research Institute as an internal organization with the aim of collecting and storing knowledge of windows, as well as disseminating and proposing their charm and potential to society.
| Exhibited at Milano Salone
Participated in Milano Salone (Italy) under the title Windowscape Exhibition. In collaboration with Atelier Bow-Wow, the Institute exhibited Kaleido-window, a tunnel-shaped installation produced with the assembly of windows inspired by a kaleidoscope.
Held the Windowscape Exhibition
Held the Windowscape Exhibition at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, exhibiting the research results, such as “Window Behaviorology” by the Tsukamoto Yoshiharu Lab of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
| Held Yositika Utida Window and Architecture Seminars
Yositika Utida, an architect, held a series of lectures, in which he considered architecture through windows with young architects and researchers. Published a book titled Yositika Utida
Window and Architecture Seminars, which included all the records of lectures and summarized a general roundtable talk with an audience.
| Held the exhibition of Windowology 10th Anniversary Exhibition: The World Through the Window (- 2018) and the symposium titled the Windowology International Conference: Windows Represent Civilization and Culture
Windowology 10th Anniversary Exhibition: The World Through the Window was held at Spiral (Minato-ku, Tokyo) from September 28 to October 9, 2017. The symposium Windows Represent Civilization and Culture was concurrently held on October 3. Subsequently, traveling exhibitions were held at five universities all over Japan (Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Osaka City University, and Kyushu University).
| Became general incorporated foundation
Became a general incorporated foundation on July 24, 2018, with the aim of engaging activities from a more public interest viewpoint than ever and contributing to the prosperous development of society and culture.
Selected as one of the touring exhibitions for Japan House
Selected as one of the third touring exhibitions that would travel each of Japan Houses, which are the strategic communication hubs located in three cities in the world by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Started support programs
Started support through open calls for research and projects to contribute to the development of an architectural culture
Held the exhibition The Window: A Journey of Art and Architecture through Windows
Hosted jointly by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Window Research Institute, The Window: A Journey of Art and Architecture through Windows, an exhibition crossing genres from contemporary art through architecture and history under the theme of windows, was held from November 1, 2019, to February 2, 2020.
The Window: A Journey of Art and Architecture through Windows traveled to the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art.
After it was held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, in 2019, the exhibition traveled to the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art from October 13, 2020, to January 11, 2021.
Held an online exhibition at Japan House Los Angeles
Held the online exhibition, Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan from October 24, 2020, at Japan House Los Angeles.
Became public interest incorporated foundation
Became a public interest incorporated foundation on February 22, 2021, authorized by the prime minister.
The exhibition held at Japan House São Paulo
Held the exhibition, Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan from June 29 to August 22, 2021, at Japan House São Paulo.
The exhibition held at Japan House London
Holds the exhibition, Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan from December 1, 2021, to April 24, 2022, at Japan House London.