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Tokyo: City and Architecture
Author: Livio Sacchi
Publisher: Paperback
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Tokyo is one of the largest and most complex cities in the world and represents an intriguing proving ground for new ideas on architecture and urbanism. Working in Tokyo means working in the future, and often two sets of rules seem to apply to projects in Tokyo-on the one hand the city's growth is as protean as that of LA or Mexico City, yet this growth is channeled by Japan's rigid adherence to norms and rules and Japanese architecture's embrace of the theoretical and new. This book presents Tokyo as seen through its growth and design from the 19th century onward with a special focus on highlighting the deep roots of contemporary trends in Tokyo architecture. 240 pages

Design City Tokyo
Author: Masaaki Takahashi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $68.26
ArchitectureWeek— Since the late 1980s, Tokyo has gained a worldwide reputation for being at the cutting edge of international design. Despite the downturn in the Japanese economy in the mid 1990s, interior design has thrived, fuelled by a rapid turnover in consumer trends and the pressure on urban space. This volume illustrates the latest styles in restaurants, bars, shops, offices, and houses.

Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China
Author: Peter G. Rowe and Seng Kuan
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $40.00
ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of attitudes toward architecture in China since the opening of the Treaty Ports in the 1840s. Central to the discussion are the concepts of ti and yong, or "essence" and "form," defining the proper arrangement of what should be considered modern and essentially Chinese.

Shanghai - Architecture and Urbanism for Modern China
Author: Peter G. Rowe and Seng Kuan, editors
Publisher: Prestel Publishers
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— An architectural view of one of the world's most dynamic and exciting cities. Shanghai's explosive development since the early 1990s has provided students and fans of architecture with myriad examples of superlatives: from the world's tallest buildings to its longest bridges. As timely as it is comprehensive, this collection of essays confronts the broader concerns of Shanghai's role as a harbinger of China's future and a global testing ground. Throughout the book, color photographs and illustrations examine thirty ongoing and completed projects.

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.

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