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A tale of two cities

A group of 11 architecture students travel to Japan to explore architectural links between Kyoto and New Orleans 

July 19, 2013

Erika Herran 
eherran@tulane.edu   

“Only in New Orleans” is a phrase often used to express the uniqueness of the Crescent City. But one Tulane University professor believes there is a place with similar quirks—Kyoto, Japan.    

Kentaro Tsubaki, assistant professor of architecture, found the resemblance striking enough to lead a group of 11 students on a trip this summer to study the architectural links between the two cities.

“Architectural decisions have a lot to do with climate,” says Tsubaki. “Kyoto and New Orleans have very humid, almost tropical environments, so their structures follow similar trends.”   

Students on the two-weeklong trip found a machiya, an urban townhouse common in Kyoto, to be comparable to the shotgun homes of New Orleans.   

“The houses have narrow entrances and rooms that line up one behind the other. They’re definitely similar to a shotgun,” says William Nemitoff, a fourth-year architecture student. More...

 

 

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