Traditional Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements and Forms

Traditional Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements and Forms

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by Mira Locher
     
 

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By examining the Japanese history of buildings and building designs from prehistory to modern day, lovers of Japan will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this island country.

Simplicity, sensitivity to the natural environment, and the use of natural materials are the hallmarks of Japanese architecture. The Art of Japanese Architecture

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By examining the Japanese history of buildings and building designs from prehistory to modern day, lovers of Japan will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this island country.

Simplicity, sensitivity to the natural environment, and the use of natural materials are the hallmarks of Japanese architecture. The Art of Japanese Architecture provides a broad overview of traditional Japanese architecture in its historical and cultural context. It begins with a discussion of prehistoric dwellings and concludes with a description of modern Japanese buildings. Important historical influences and trends—notably the introduction of Buddhist culture from Korea and China, the development of feudalism, and the influence of modern Western styles of building—are all discussed in detail as facets of Japanese design.

Through all of these changes, a restrained architectural tradition developed in marked contrast to an exuberant tradition characterized by monumentality and the use of bold colors. The book provides tremendous insights into the dynamic nature of Japanese architecture and how it reflects an underlying diversity within Japanese culture.

The book is profusely illustrated with over 370 color photographs, woodblock prints, maps, diagrams, and specially commissioned watercolors.

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"It describes architectural components throughly, exactingly, and lovely—identifying them all with Japanese terms. Overall, this is a delightful book of photographs and a useful…guide for Japanophile architects and designers."—CHOICE

"Designers, architects, artists, and anyone with a love of Japanese traditional culture will enjoy this book."—Library Journal

"Mira Locher makes the observation that tradition only exists as an idea when it is challenged or superseded by the new. In her first-rate resource book on traditional design you will learn a great deal about construction methods, in which the use of natural materials encouraged a responsible attitude toward conservation."—The Japan Times

Library Journal
It's easy to fall in love with this book. The subject is fascinating, the photography stunning, the writing clear and cogent, and the printing and binding top rate—all of which make one want more. Many of the pictures are cropped until they're wee tidbits (there are also some full-page beauties), and it can be difficult to form an overall impression of the various types of traditional Japanese buildings and the way they relate to their environment. Since this book is designed to focus on the components that go into making Japanese architecture distinctive, additional large-scale images would have made this good book even better. The writing is studded with Japanese terms (defined in the text or glossary), but it is quite readable and to the point. VERDICT As it is, this will be valuable to anyone interested in the subtleties of woodwork, garden design, spatial organization, ornamental detailing, foundation materials, and a host of other topics integral to creating traditional Japanese buildings. Designers, architects, artists, and anyone with a love of Japanese traditional culture will enjoy this book.—David McClelland, Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462906062
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
04/17/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
27 MB
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Meet the Author

Mira Locher is an architect and professor who works in both the US and Japan. She worked for Team Zoo Atelier Mobile in Japan for seven years before setting up an architectural practice in partnership with Takayuki Murakami in the US. She is an Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture & Planning at the University of Utah.

Ben Simmons grew up in Columbus, Georgia. Simmons taught photography at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina before relocating to Japan where he opened Ben Simmons Photography, Inc. Simmons travels extensively, specializing in photo essays and books. Recent books include Hong Kong: The City of Dreams; and Tokyo Megacity. www.bensimmonsphoto.com

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