Project Japan. Metabolism Talks...

Rem Koolhaas Hans Ulrich Obrist


Project Japan. Metabolism Talks...

Project Japan. Metabolism Talks...

  • Title: Project Japan. Metabolism Talks...
  • Author: Rem Koolhaas Hans Ulrich Obrist
  • ISBN: 9783836525084
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover



Back to the futureVisionary architecture in postwar Japan Once there was a nation that went to war, but after they conquered a continent their own country was destroyed by atom bombs then the victors imposed democracy on the vanquished For a group of apprentice architects, artists, and designers, led by a visionary, the dire situation of their country was not an obst Back to the futureVisionary architecture in postwar Japan Once there was a nation that went to war, but after they conquered a continent their own country was destroyed by atom bombs then the victors imposed democracy on the vanquished For a group of apprentice architects, artists, and designers, led by a visionary, the dire situation of their country was not an obstacle but an inspiration to plan and think although they were very different characters, the architects worked closely together to realize their dreams, staunchly supported by a super creative bureaucracy and an activist state after 15 years of incubation, they surprised the world with a new architecture Metabolism that proposed a radical makeover of the entire land Then newspapers, magazines, and TV turned the architects into heroes thinkers and doers, thoroughly modern men Through sheer hard work, discipline, and the integration of all forms of creativity, their country, Japan, became a shining example when the oil crisis initiated the end of the West, the architects of Japan spread out over the world to define the contours of a post Western aesthetic Rem Koolhaas Hans Ulrich Obrist Between 2005 and 2011, architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed the surviving members of Metabolism the first non western avant garde, launched in Tokyo in 1960, in the midst of Japan s postwar miracle Project Japan features hundreds of never before seen images master plans from Manchuria to Tokyo, intimate snapshots of the Metabolists at work and play, architectural models, magazine excerpts, and astonishing sci fi urban visions telling the 20th century history of Japan through its architecture, from the tabula rasa of a colonized Manchuria in the 1930s to a devastated Japan after the war, the establishment of Metabolism at the 1960 World Design Conference in Tokoy, to the rise of Kisho Kurokawa as the first celebrity architect, to the apotheosis of Metabolism at Expo 70 in Osaka and its expansion into the Middle East and Africa in the 1970s The result is a vivid documentary of the last moment when architecture was a public rather than a private affair.


Recent Comments "Project Japan. Metabolism Talks..."

I was borrowing this and had to give it back and it's expensive, but a beautiful book and more than anything is helping me to understand Japan before and just after WWII in a way that I never have before. The layout of the book could be described as interactive since the reader is able to choose how they would like to tackle the linear history of this architectural movement and the reams of interviews that are interspersed with the story of the metabolists and accompanying illustrations and phot [...]

Part Tange/Kurokawa biography, part history of post-war Japan, part sad story of the last architectural movement that nearly took off but didn't (I'm thankful it didn't). Then again, aren't our cities now largely metabolic? What the metabolists didn't predict is that people didn't just want to change building components, they want to change entire buildings. Best read of 2012.

Edited by Rem Koolhaas (an excellent interviewer), who conducts this survey of the Metabolist architecture movement. One of those books that, every time I opened it, I learned something new and interesting. Useful to anyone researching post-war Japan, modernity, architecture, urban planning. A fascinating reference book.

First thing: Fluro orange and pink text on a white background? Books aren't usually black on white for no good reason.Very interesting look at post war architecture in Japan and how it relates to their culture. Well worth a read.

This is a great book, a collection of really in depth interviews, architectural documents and a lot of historical context for the broader history of international architecture. A great reference.


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