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

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

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by Deanna MacDonald, Geeta K. Mehta
     
 

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The past five years are widely consider to have been the most innovative period in contemporary Japanese design history.

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…  See more details below

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The past five years are widely consider to have been the most innovative period in contemporary Japanese design history.

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
This architecture 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462908509
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
07/09/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
25 MB
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New Japan Architecture: Recent Works by the World's Leading Architects 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MaryKerr More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful surprise to find New Japan Architecture at a bookstore as I was getting ready for my trip to Japan! The book contains beautiful photos and informative explanation of 48 recent projects in Japan designed by Japanese and international architects including Fumihiko Maki, Tadao Ando, Hiroshi Hara, SOM, and SANAA. While the book has technical details that may be interesting to architects, I as a layman who enjoys architecture have found it very readable and interesting. The preface by Cesar Pelli (former Dean of School of Architecture at Yale University) and the foreword by Fumihiko Maki (a world famous Japanese architect) provide excellent perspectives to understand modern Japanese architecture in the context of cultural change, technological innovation and sustainability. I travel to Japan often for business and pleasure, but am getting tired of museums, gardens, temples and shrines. I am glad to know from the book that Japanese architectural design is leading the cutting edge of architecture worldwide. I will definitely visit those buildings illustrated in the volume in my future trips. It should add much to my enjoyment of the country. This is a must-have book for those interested in culture and architecture in Japan. Mary Kerr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. It is a beautiful book with stunning projects. However, it is much more than a coffee table book as it lays out the exciting trends and developments currently going on in Japanese Architecture. An introductory essay for each section of the book (public buildings, brand architecture, housing, …). does an excellent job of clearly and concisely explaining the developments in these fields. It explains how and why Japanese Architecture with its links to traditional Japanese building techniques coupled with cutting edge design is among the most innovative and daring in the world. The projects profiled range from major works by Star Architects to smaller works by less know but no less interesting and innovative architects. The explanations of the individual projects are very clear and coupled with the photographs give a clear understanding of the buildings. The book provides a full view of the exciting developments in Japanese Architecture. It is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in current architecture or an interest in or planning to travel to Japan.