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

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The global changes taking place in the architectural world are crystallizing right now in Japan, with the past five years being considered one of the most innovative periods in current Japanese design history. Observed by architects and designers from around the world, these changes are illustrated and articulated in New Japan Architecture.

By documenting 48 important projects by 42 established and avant-garde architects, this book takes the reader through a journey of current ...

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Overview

The global changes taking place in the architectural world are crystallizing right now in Japan, with the past five years being considered one of the most innovative periods in current Japanese design history. Observed by architects and designers from around the world, these changes are illustrated and articulated in New Japan Architecture.

By documenting 48 important projects by 42 established and avant-garde architects, this book takes the reader through a journey of current trends in contemporary Japanese architecture and predicts future directions. While some buildings strive for the ultimate Zen white cube, others exemplify the search for the 'Wow' factor. Cutting edge modernity in some buildings is countered by a concern for sustainability in others. The selection of buildings in New Japan Architecture includes projects that are big and small, private and public, residential and commercial. The informative writings complement beautiful photographs that highlight the remarkable aspects of each building. A must-have book for those interested in architecture and Japan.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"As the world moves into the second decade of the 21stcentury, it is clear that the West no longer has all the answers. Japan has moved beyond the need to mimic the West." Columbia University professor Mehta (Japan Style) collaborates with art historian MacDonald for a sweeping survey of 48 recently completed projects, organized in seven categories: Living (private homes), Culture (museums), Learning (schools), Work (office buildings), Consumers (stores), City (public buildings), and Renewal (renovations).From a 102.7 square meter hut on the Chiba coast by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects ("House C") to Tokyo's massive National Art Center from Kisho Kurokawa Associates and Nihon Sekkei Inc., the 42 featured architects exhibit a dazzling range of outside-of-the-box structures. 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. (Sept.) Andy Warhol Treasures: The Illustrated Story of Andy Warhol's Life and Work Matt Wrbican and Geralyn Huxley Goodman (www.carltonbooks.co.uk), (128p) ISBN 978-1-84796-024-5 This intriguing and beautiful book chronicles the flamboyant life of Andy Warhol—the great Pop artist, connoisseur, and developer of arts and artists. Huxley (Hidden Frames: Stills from the Films of Andy Warhol), curator of film and video at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and Wrbican (Andy Warhol's Timeboxes), the museum's archivist, perform a masterful feat of organization, tracking Warhol's modest beginnings to his successes across diverse fields and fleshing in the narrative with explanations of places and eras. Warhol's paintings and drawings, love of celebrity, patronage of music and dance, publishing exploits, collections, travels, and lovers all come in for scrutiny. His magazine Interview is described as "a celebration of popular culture and an embodiment of Warhol's belief in the democratic nature of fame." Along with stunning illustrations, the authors have incorporated 20 items connected with the artist's life—reproduced in large envelopes and categorized by decade—including greeting cards, receipts, stencils and booklets. As Warhol explained: "‘Once you got ‘Pop,' you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again." (Oct.)
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: 9784805309483
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2011
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 780,866
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Geeta K. Mehta is an adjunct professor of architecture and urban design at Columbia University in New York. A resident of Japan for 23 years, she is a practicing architect who has designed projects in the USA, Japan, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. She is the co-author of several books including Japan Style, Japan Houses and Japan Living.

Deanna MacDonald studied art and architectural history in Canada and Europe. She received her MA from the Central European University in Prague and her Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal. She currently resides in Tokyo.

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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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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Fantastic Book on Modern Architecture in Japan

    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

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    Posted July 1, 2012

    This is an excellent book. It is a beautiful book with stunning

    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.

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