Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and the City

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Born in Tokyo, educated in Japan and the United States, and principal of an internationally acclaimed architectural practice, celebrated architect Fumihiko Maki brings to his writings on architecture a perspective that is both global and uniquely Japanese. Influenced by post-Bauhaus internationalism, sympathetic to the radical urban architectural vision of Team X, and a participant in the avant-garde movement Metabolism, Maki has been at the forefront of his profession for decades.

This collection of essays documents the evolution of architectural modernism and Maki's own fifty-year intellectual journey during a critical period of architectural and urban history. Maki's treatment of his two overarching themes—the contemporary city and modernist architecture—demonstrates strong (and sometimes unexpected) linkages between urban theory and architectural practice. Images and commentary on three of Maki's own works demonstrate the connection between his writing and his designs. Moving through the successive waves of modernism, postmodernism,neomodernism, and other isms, these essays reflect how several generations of architectural thought and expression have been resolved within one career.

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"Tokyo-born Maki collects 21 wise, enlightening essays on the theory,practice and product of modern urban architecture. Throughout, Maki's style is clear, simple and confident; he has near-global knowledge of architectural history and culture, but never overreaches... Students and professionals will find Maki a smart and trustworthy source, and Maki's straightforward style should accommodate general readers with a genuine interest." Publisher's Weekly
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An architect for 40 years, with projects around the world (and currently involved with the World Trade Center reconstruction), Tokyo-born Maki collects 21 wise, enlightening essays on the theory, practice and product of modern urban architecture. Throughout, Maki's style is clear, simple and confident; he has near-global knowledge of architectural history and culture, but never overreaches (on architect Yoshio Taniguchi: "I do not know what sort of influence this essentially European Harvard education exerted on Taniguchi... but his works have subsequently evolved and the rigorous nature of his details... are by no means Mediterranean but, rather, Germanic in character"). Though Maki admirably sticks to the facts-what he sees and what he knows-he's at his most engaging when he leans toward the personal, as in an essay beginning with a discussion of his own trajectory in the field: "I was inevitably drawn to the issue of identity in a mass society and the search for ways in which cities might accommodate individual places with identity." Students and professionals will find Maki a smart and trustworthy source, and Maki's straightforward style should accommodate general readers with a genuine interest. 100 illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262518185
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,493,105
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fumihiko Maki is one of Japan's most prolific and distinguished architects, in practice since the 1960s. His works include projects in Japan, North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He received the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1993. His current works include the World Trade Center Tower 4 in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Eduard Sekler Sekler, Eduard

1 Formative Years

Formative Years 10

2 Collective Form

Collective Form: A Preface 40

Investigations in Collective Form 44

Time and Landscape: Collective Form at Hillside Terrace 68

3 On the City

City and Modernism 82

My City: The Acquisition of Mental Landscapes 90

America: Highways, Detached Houses, and Skyscrapers 96

The Drawing Called Brasilia 110

Notes on Urban Space 118

Space, Territory, and Perception 130

Reflections on Harvard's 1956 Urban Design Conference 140

The Japanese City and Inner Space 150

The Kaze-No-Oka Crematorium 168

4 On Architects and Architecture

The Le Corbusier Syndrome: On the Development of Modern Architecture in Japan 180

Making Architecture in Japan 194

Togo Murano 204

Stillness and Plenitude: The Architecture of Yoshio Taniguch 216

On the Industrial Vernacular 230

The Roof at Fujisawa 238

On Universality 250

Architectural Modernity and the Consciousness Called the Present 256

Notes and Credits Notes 262

Original Publication Data 270

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