Japan 2000: Architecture and Design for the Japanese Public

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Japanese architecture and design acquired international prominence in the so-called "bubble-economy" era of the 1980s. Japanese products - from automobiles to electronic equipmentwere sold in record numbers the world over, and Japanese brand names became synonymous with high quality. Now that the boom of the 1980s has given way to a recession, what is the country's designed and built environment like, and what are the factors that determine it? This attractive volume and the traveling exhibition it accompanies ...
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Overview

Japanese architecture and design acquired international prominence in the so-called "bubble-economy" era of the 1980s. Japanese products - from automobiles to electronic equipmentwere sold in record numbers the world over, and Japanese brand names became synonymous with high quality. Now that the boom of the 1980s has given way to a recession, what is the country's designed and built environment like, and what are the factors that determine it? This attractive volume and the traveling exhibition it accompanies seek to address these questions. Essays written by experts in their fields are accompanied by impressive color plates to present Japanese architecture and design of the 1990s to a Western readership for the first time.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865591646
  • Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Pages: 158

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 11
Introduction 15
The Historical Background of Postwar Public Architecture in Japan 21
Designing for the Japanese Public 31
Plates 49
The Growth of Industrial Design in Japan 83
The History of Japanese Design: A Personal View 95
The Cultural Engineering of Traditional Local Industry 101
Plates 113
Biographical Glossary 147
Contributors 155
Index 157
Photography Credits 158
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