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Contemporary Japanese architects: profiles in design

By: Taro, Igarashi.
Contributor(s): Noble, David [Translator].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Japan library. Publisher: Tokyo Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC) 2018Description: 303 p.: ill. Includes references.ISBN: 9784866580210.Subject(s): Japan | Architects | ArchitectureDDC classification: 720.952 Summary: Architects play an essential role in contemporary society, helping to shape the environment in which we live and work. This book explores how architects in Japan have responded to the demands of their times and how they continue to engage with new economic realities and the shifting global order. The moving image of Japanese society is reflected in the work of the internationally acclaimed architects profiled in this book. Award-winning architectural historian Igarashi Taro presents the work of architects from the generation rising from the ashes of postwar Japan through the postwar economic boom (Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa, Arata Isozaki), to the generation that quietly gathered strength during the recession of the 1970s (Tadao Ando, Toyoo Ito, Kazunari Sakamoto, Terunobu Fujimori, Naoki Iijima); from the generation that debuted in the bubble economy of the 1980s (SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryūe Nishizawa, Kengo Kuma) to the generation that began their work after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (1995) and the collapse of the bubble economy (Atelier Bow-Wow, Hitoshi Abe, Tezuka Architects, Shuhei Endo); and finally, after decades of economic stagnation, to the generation that has come to the fore since the beginning of the twenty-first century (Sou Fujimoto, Jun’ya Ishigami, and others). Contemporary Japanese architects have pioneered developments in sustainability and introduced engineering innovations that have changed not only the look of modern buildings but the ways in which they can be constructed. Japanese design concepts, realized in major public buildings around the world, communicate with a global audience, and contribute toward shaping our shared future. Contemporary Japanese Architects: Profiles in Design begins with the devastation following World War II and ends with what is considered the greatest crisis of the postwar era the Great East Japan Earthquake a disaster that plunged Japan into a larger narrative for the first time in many years. Even if this does not immediately change everything about architecture, there is no doubt that when we look back on this time, it will prove to have been a turning point. https://japanlibrary.japantimes.co.jp/architecture/contemporary-japanese-architects/
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Originally published in the Japanese language as Gendai Nihon Kenchikuka Retsuden by Kawade Shobo Shinsha in 2011

Table of content

Rising from the ashes The prewar generation. A national architect in the era of Greater East Asia /​ Tange Kenzo
Buddhism and metabolism /​ Kurokawa Kisho
An architect torn between fiction and reality /​ Isozaki Arata. Breaking out of the box : the generation born in the 1940s. Geometries of concrete, reflecting the environment /​ Ando Tadao
New architecture for the information age /​ Ito Toyoo
Free architecture, or the construction of overlapping systems /​ Sakamoto Kazunari
The incomparable architect(ural historian) /​ Fujimori Terunobu
At the boundaries of interior design /​ Iijima Naoki. A light and transparent architecture : the generation born in the 1950s. Design reconfiguring spatial form /​ Sanaa
Distorting distance through a glass landscape /​ Sejima Kazuyo
An architecture beyond images and words /​ Nishizawa Ryūe
High-speed gamer /​ Kuma Kengo
Adapting to changing conditions : the generation born in the 1960s. Post-bubble Japanese realism /​ Atelier Bow-Wow
Architecture as media suit /​ Abe Hitoshi
Straight modern, or the strength of architecture /​ Tezuka Architects
Geometries for measuring the Earth /​ Endō Shūei. Globalism or Galapagos : the generation born in the 1970s. Toward a new geometry /​ Fujimoto Sou
Weightless landscapes, spaces of relativity /​ Ishigami Jun'ya
Principles and phenomena: looking to the future

Architects play an essential role in contemporary society, helping to shape the environment in which we live and work. This book explores how architects in Japan have responded to the demands of their times and how they continue to engage with new economic realities and the shifting global order.
The moving image of Japanese society is reflected in the work of the internationally acclaimed architects profiled in this book. Award-winning architectural historian Igarashi Taro presents the work of architects from the generation rising from the ashes of postwar Japan through the postwar economic boom (Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa, Arata Isozaki), to the generation that quietly gathered strength during the recession of the 1970s (Tadao Ando, Toyoo Ito, Kazunari Sakamoto, Terunobu Fujimori, Naoki Iijima); from the generation that debuted in the bubble economy of the 1980s (SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryūe Nishizawa, Kengo Kuma) to the generation that began their work after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (1995) and the collapse of the bubble economy (Atelier Bow-Wow, Hitoshi Abe, Tezuka Architects, Shuhei Endo); and finally, after decades of economic stagnation, to the generation that has come to the fore since the beginning of the twenty-first century (Sou Fujimoto, Jun’ya Ishigami, and others).
Contemporary Japanese architects have pioneered developments in sustainability and introduced engineering innovations that have changed not only the look of modern buildings but the ways in which they can be constructed. Japanese design concepts, realized in major public buildings around the world, communicate with a global audience, and contribute toward shaping our shared future.
Contemporary Japanese Architects: Profiles in Design begins with the devastation following World War II and ends with what is considered the greatest crisis of the postwar era the Great East Japan Earthquake a disaster that plunged Japan into a larger narrative for the first time in many years. Even if this does not immediately change everything about architecture, there is no doubt that when we look back on this time, it will prove to have been a turning point.

https://japanlibrary.japantimes.co.jp/architecture/contemporary-japanese-architects/

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