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Toyo Ito: Works Projects Writings
Author: Andrea Maffei, editor
Publisher: Electa Architecture
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $69.95
ArchitectureWeek— The work of Japanese architect Toyo Ito, demonstrating experiments with materials and gravity.

Tadao Ando. Complete Works
Author: Philip Jodidio
Publisher: Taschen
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Tadao Ando is one of the world's greatest living architects. He is the only architect to have won the discipline's four most prestigious prizes; the Pritzker, Carlesberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. This book, created at the height of Ando's career, brings together the complete works to date. It is impressive in both size and content. The photography, designs, and writings are all illuminating insights into the mind of the master of concrete.

Kengo Kuma: Selected Works
Author: Botond Bognar
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Kengo Kuma is among a new generation of Japanese architects. Increasingly the focus of international renown, Kuma's work is characterized by a delicate simplicity and minimalism, incorporating a wide range of ephemeral transparencies. His vocabulary of metal, wooden, bamboo, and stone screens, his sensitivity to site, and his attention to the ecological and prevailing social context of his work are all explored through his recent projects.

FOBA: Buildings
Author: Katsu Umebayashi, Thomas Daniell, Michael Webb, Peter Allison, and Kazuhiro Kojima
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $40.00
ArchitectureWeek— FOBA, a celebrated, decade-old architectural practice based in Kyoto, Japan looks beyond the aesthetic of minimalism, instead finding inspiration in the relationships between structure and site: undulating lines, overlapping cubes, and interpenetrating forms. This monograph features ten projects from the expressionistic to the austere, including five prototypes for standardized and affordable yet humane housing.

Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/ SANAA
Author: Yuko Hasegawa
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $51.06
ArchitectureWeek— The Tokyo-based collaboration SANAA has a signature minimalist style, which has made its mark in the architects' native Japan and is now making inroads in the United States. They have built cultural landmarks and high-profile commercial buildings and have become known for their innovative use of space and light within urban building design.

Shuhei Endo: Paramodern Architecture
Author: Hiroyuki Suzuki
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— Japanese architect Shuhei Endo is an architect who distinctly favors steel as the material in the buildings he designs and continually experiments with its infinite possibilities. His approach is most evident in the "great roofs" that house Endo-designed offices, such as Rooftecture N (Nisinomiya, Hyogo, 1998), or spaces for relaxation and meetings, such as Rooftecture T (Fukui, 1997), as well as private homes, such as Springtecture H (Harima, 1998) and Rooftecture M (Maruoka, 2001). Born in 1960 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, he graduated in 1986 from the Kyoto School of Art and then joined the Osamu Ishii & Biken Associates architectural studio. In 1988 he founded the Shuhei Endo Institute in Osaka and began teaching at Kinki University, Kobe Design University and the Fukui Institute of Technology. In addition to the many essays included in this monograph the book also contains extensive photographs, illustrations, a biography and an bibliography of Shuhei Endo's works.

The Top Japanese Architects
Author: May Cambert
Publisher: Atrium Publishers Group
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This second volume in the Top Architects series is dedicated to Japanese architects such as Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Arata Isozaki, and Waro Kishi. Each of the profiled works includes a biographical summary, photos, and drawings.


 
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