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New Japan Architecture: Recent Works by the World's Leading Architects

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The past five years are widely consider to have been the most innovative period in contemporary Japanese design history, and most of the projects featured in New Japan Architecture were completed during this extraordinarily fertile time. Featuring breathtaking images of ...

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Overview

The past five years are widely consider to have been the most innovative period in contemporary Japanese design history, and most of the projects featured in New Japan Architecture were completed during this extraordinarily fertile time. Featuring breathtaking images of modern Japan, this volume presents forty-eight extraordinary projects by forty-two of the world's leading architects, including:

  • Hitoshi Abe
  • Ward Kishi
  • Tadao Ando
  • Chiba Manabu Architects
  • Toyo Ito
  • Kengo Kuma
  • Kazuyo Sejima
The book features a wide-range of buildings, some exhibiting the ultimate ideal of the white Zen cube, while others exemplify the search for the new wow factor in iconic design. In many, cutting-edge modernity is counterbalanced by a concern for sustainability—an issue that has motivated many architects to rethink and reintroduce concepts drawn from traditional Japanese architecture. Projects big and small, private and public, residential and commercial are included. Insightful text by two leading experts in the field of Japanese architecture highlights the remarkable aspects of each building and places these developments within the wider context of world architecture. Offering an essential overview of current trends, New Japan Architecture points the way to modern architecture's future.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A gem of work—ambitiously portraying a comprehensive array of designs from young and young-at-heart Japanese architects with differing tastes, styles and concepts. The book is exciting, enlightening and inspiring."—Edward Suzuki, principal of Edward Suzuki Associates, Tokyo

"Japan remains an architectural hothouse, bursting with some of the most original and daring designs anywhere. This book—well-organized, beautifully illustrated, with insightful commentary—provides an excellent overview of the best work from the past ten years. A must-have for architects, connoisseurs of great design, and anyone who wants to come take a look for themselves."—John Mader, president, AIA Japan

"Deftly structured and insightfully curated, this book is a kaleidoscopic representation of the varied architecture that has been produced in Japan in the last five years across scales as well as types. The projects selected unfold for the reader a highly pluralistic world of multiple responses and visual expressions in new Japanese architecture."—Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair of Urban Planning and Design, GSD, Harvard University; principal of RMA Architects Mumbai

"Mehta and MacDonald present a mesmerizing album of four-color photographs accompanied by text that explains the inspiration and construction of each project. Readers will be delighted to find a Nakamura Keith Haring Museum "that sits like an exclamation mark" on a hill in the village of Kobuchizawa in the Japanese Alps, with a gallery complex by Atsushi Kitagawara that features hot springs (onsen) in fanciful Haring-like shapes."—Publishers Weekly

"Just as one might hope from a book entitled New Japan Architecture, ingenious designs are in abundance, confirming the ongoing symbiotic relationship between Japanese architecture and water, light and nature. Structures with the wow factor leap off the page but sensitivity and refinement are the new watchwords as Japanese architects create new languages for the senses to absorb. Exciting new public buildings have also sprung up in an attempt to revitalize the Japanese educational system and drag the country out of the economic impasse. Embracing experimentation, sophisticated craftsmanship, sustainable materials, technology and contemporary ideas must be a prerequisite for anyone wishing to study architecture in Japan judging from the fascinating projects portrayed in this book—from inspirational micro-homes and elegant mid-scale structures through to larger, ambitious buildings like the National Art Centre in Tokyo."—Trends Living Magazine

"The excitement and elegance of recent modern Japanese architecture is very well documented in this book, and the core concepts and future trends thoughtfully explained. It is a delight to read."—Raquel Ramati, Urban Designer, New York

"This is a very well researched book that presents innovative projects in their architectural as well as urban context."—Richard Plunz, Director Urban Design Program, GSAPP, Columbia University New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805313329
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/3/2015
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Geeta K. Mehta teaches architecture and urban design at Columbia University in New York. A resident of Japan for 23 years, she is a partner in the firm of Braden and Mehta and has designed projects in USA, Japan, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. Educated at University of Tokyo, Columbia University, and SPA in Delhi, she is the co-author of several books including Japan Style, Japan Houses, Japan Living and Japanese Gardens, all published by Tuttle Publishing.

Deanna MacDonald teaches Japanese and western art and architectural history at Temple University's Tokyo campus. She received her MA from the Central European University, Prague and her Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal and is the author of numerous publications on the art, architecture and cultural heritage.

Cesar Pelli was born in Argentina where he earned his Diploma in Architecture from the University of Tucuman. After obtaining his Master Degree in the United States, he worked in the offices of Eero Saarinen. In 1977, he became Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture and founded Cesar Pelli & Associates, renamed Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in 2005. In 1995, the AIA awarded him the Gold Medal in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished achievement in architecture.

Fumihiko Maki (b. 1928) is the founder of renowned architectural firm, Maki & Associates. Educated at the University of Tokyo and Harvard, he has taught at these and other institutes as well as lecturing internationally on architecture and urban design. Among his numerous distinctions are the Prizker Prize (1993) and the American Institute of Architects' highest honor, the AIA Gold Medal (2011).

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Table of Contents


  • Architecture for Living

  • Architecture for Culture

  • Architecture for Learning

  • Architecture for Work

  • Architecture for Consumers

  • Architecture for the City

  • Architecture for Renewal
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