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Posted July 6, 2012
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.
Posted July 1, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.