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One of the younger exponents of Japanese modernism, Hitoshi Abe may be the Philip Johnson of the 21st century, eclectically bridging European and Asian practices. His cool, refined, highly articulate-yet often derivative-work relates with great intelligence to the formal concerns of his modernist antecedents Alvar Aalto, Erich Mendelsohn, Kenzo Tange, Glenn Murcutt, and Tadao Ando. But whether working with structural expressionism, volumetric rhythm, or surface texture, Abe brings to each of his designs attention to detail, geometric precision, and a mastery of light. Pollock (Modern Japanese House) uses three conceptual sections-line, surface, and volume-to classify each of 26 projects, which she describes perhaps more in promotional than critical terms. Fifty high-quality, black-and-white and 300 color photographs illustrate each building entry, and small plans, sections, and conceptual diagrams (essentially isometric projections) add value to the graphic material. As the recently appointed chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, Abe will influence American design education increasingly. An important addition, then, to architecture school library collections.