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[JAPAN LIBRARY] Contemporary Japanese Architects Profiles in Design



Presented by Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC)



Architects play an essential role in contemporary society, helping to shape the environment in which we live and work. This book explores how architects in Japan have responded to the demands of their times and how they continue to engage with new economic realities and the shifting global order.


The moving image of Japanese society is reflected in the work of theinternationally acclaimed architects profiled in this book. Award-winning architectural historian Igarashi Taro presents the work of architects from the generation rising from the ashes of postwar Japan through the postwar economic boom (Tange Kenzō, Kurokawa Kishō, Isozaki Arata), to the generation that quietly gathered strength during the recession of the 1970s (Andō Tadao, Itō Toyoo, Sakamoto Kazunari, Fujimori Terunobu, Iijima Naoki); from the generation that debuted in the bubble economy of the 1980s (SANAA, Sejima Kazuyo, Nishizawa Ryūe, Kuma Kengo) to the generation that began their work after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (1995) and the collapse of the bubble economy (Atelier Bow-Wow, Abe Hitoshi, Tezuka Architects, Endō Shūhei); and finally, after decades of economic stagnation, to the generation that has come to the fore since the beginning of the twenty-first century (Fujimoto Sou, Ishigami Jun’ya, and others).


Contemporary Japanese architects have pioneered developments in sustainability and introduced engineering innovations that have changed not only the look of modern buildings but the ways in which they can be constructed. Japanese design concepts, realized in major public buildings around the world, communicate with a global audience and contribute toward shaping our shared future.


Contemporary Japanese Architects: Profiles in Design begins with the devastation following World War II and ends with what is considered the greatest crisis of the postwar era—the Great East Japan Earthquake—a disaster that plunged Japan into a larger narrative for the first time in many years. Even if this does not immediately change everything about architecture, there is no doubt that when we look back on this time, it will prove to have been a turning point.(From ‘In Conclusion: Architecture after March 2011’ by the author)




About the Author


Igarashi Taro, architectural historian and critic, is a professor in the Graduate School of Engineering at Tōhoku University. He served as commissioner for the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008. Publications include Kenchiku wa ika ni shakai to kairo o tsunagu no ka [How Does Architecture Connect with Society?] (2010); Shinpen: Shin shūkyō to kyodai kenchiku [New Edition: The New Religions and Monumental Architecture] (2007); Gendai kenchiku ni kansuru 16-shō [Sixteen Chapters on Contemporary Architecture] (2006); Gendai kenchiku no pāsupekutibu [Perspectives on Contemporary Architecture] (2005); Kabōbi toshi [The Overprotected City] (2004); and Sensō to kenchiku [War and Architecture] (2003).



Contents Introduction


Part I Rising from the Ashes:

The Prewar Generation

  1. Tange Kenzō: A National Architect in the Era of Greater East Asia
  2. Kurokawa Kishō: Buddhism and Metabolism
  3. Isozaki Arata: An Architect Torn Between Fiction and Reality


Part II Breaking Out of the Box:


The Generation Born in the 1940s

  1. Andō Tadao: Geometries of Concrete, Reflecting the Environment
  2. Itō Toyoo: A New Architecture for the Information Age
  3. Sakamoto Kazunari: Free Architecture, or the Construction of Overlapping Systems
  4. Fujimori Terunobu: The Incomparable Architect(ural) Historian
  5. Iijima Naoki: At the Boundaries of Interior Design


Part III A Light and Transparent Architecture:

The Generation Born in the 1950s

  1. SANAA: Design Reconfiguring Spatial Form
  2. Sejima Kazuyo: Distorting Distance Through a Glass Landscape
  3. Nishizawa Ryūe: An Architecture Beyond Images and Words
  4. Kuma Kengo: High-Speed Gamer


Part IV Adapting to Changing Conditions:

The Generation Born in the 1960s

  1. Atelier Bow-Wow: Post-Bubble Japanese Realism
  2. Abe Hitoshi: Architecture as Media Suit
  3. Tezuka Architects: Straight Modern, or the Strength of Architecture
  4. Endō Shūhei: Geometries for Measuring the Earth


Part V Globalism or Galapagos:

The Generation Born in the 1970s

  1. Fujimoto Sou: Toward a New Geometry
  2. Ishigami Jun’ya: Weightless Landscapes, Spaces of Relativity
  3. Principles and Phenomena: Looking to the Future

In Conclusion: Architecture after March 2011



About the Book

Book:  Contemporary Japanese Architects Profiles in Design

Autor: Igarashi Taro

Translated by David Noble

Published by:  JPIC in March 2018


ISBN 978-4-86658-021-0

304 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) |

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