Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of November 9, 2018
Beautifully illustrated, this is the first comprehensive history of the architectural interchange between Japan and the West over the past 150 years
Includes insightful analyses of the Japanese influences on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Le Corbusier, the Smithsons, Archigram and Carlo Scarpa, as well as the Western influences on Toyo Ito, Isozaki and SAANA amongst many others
Published in 2018 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, which marked the start of modernisation and thus the Westernisation of Japan
This book discusses the architectural influence that Japan and the West have had on each other during the last 150 years. While the recent histories of Western and Japanese architecture have been well recorded, they have rarely been interwoven. Based on extensive research, this book provides a synthetic overview that brings together the main themes of Japanese and Western architecture since 1850 and shows that neither could exist in its present state without the other. It should be no surprise that the Bank of Japan in Tokyo is based upon the national banks in Brussels and London, or that Le Corbusier’s cabanon at Cap Martin in the south of France is based upon an eight mat tatami room. In considering these histories, this book demonstrates the mutual inter-dependence of both architectural cultures while, at the same time, acknowledging their differences. In conclusion, the book moves beyond style and structure to the Japanese concept of ma — the pause or the space between, and demonstrates how this concept has found a place in Western architecture.
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