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Architecture Design and Building in Japan - 01
Architecture Design and Building in Japan

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HOKI MUSEUM BY NIKKEN SEKKEI

When we are astonished by a building, it is often because we don't fully understand it. In such a case, we strive to close the gap between what we see and what we already know of architecture. — Published 2012.0425

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ANATOMY OF METABOLISM

The exhibit "Metabolism, the City of the Future" at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo is a major retrospective looking at Japan's most widely known and perhaps least understood modern architecture movement.

Subtitled "Dreams and Visions of Reconstruction in Postwar and Present-Day Japan," the exhibit throws up images depicting a sci-fi world of floating cities, metropolises in the sky, and soaring geometric shapes and patterns repeated over and over with little apparent correspondence to the psychological needs of humans. — Published 2011.1214

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UIA WORLD CONGRESS 2011

There were fears that the great earthquake that struck eastern Japan in March 2011 would in some way lessen the UIA World Congress recently held in Tokyo by the International Union of Architects (UIA). — Published 2011.1026

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4 X 4 HOUSE BY TADAO ANDO

Jean-Marie Martin describes the 4 x 4 House by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, and Ando himself offers thoughts on the challenges of contemporary architecture. —Editor

Upon reviewing the techniques that Tadao Ando employed to design the 4 x 4 house, the most striking aspect in its appearance is the configuration of the four floors that form the structure. — Published 2011.0608

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COMPARING FUKUSHIMA AND CHERNOBYL

Our goal with this article is to support an accurate, technically grounded, and broadly comprehensible comparison of the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear disasters, to facilitate realistic understanding of these serious accidents by the technically savvy ArchitectureWeek A/E/C readership.

Why This Comparison? — Published 2011.0413

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MAKI'S HILLSIDE TERRACE

The Hillside Terrace project, a medium-density mixed-use development of apartments, shops, restaurants, and cultural facilities, took exactly 25 years from the first plans I drew in 1967 to the completion of its sixth phase in 1992. Although I have designed buildings and complexes far greater in physical scale over the past several decades, no other project has occupied my thoughts so continuously over time as Hillside Terrace has. — Published 2011.0406

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EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI AFTERMATH

A huge earthquake of magnitude 8.9 or 9.0 and devastating tsunami hit Japan on Friday afternoon, with impacts centering in the vicinity of Sendai (see above pre-earthquake photo) (2011.0311, 2:46 PM Tokyo local time, 12:46:23 AM EST, 05:46:23 UTC).

— Published 2011.0323

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EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

A huge earthquake of magnitude 8.9 or 9.0 and devastating tsunami hit Japan on Friday afternoon, with impacts centering in the vicinity of Sendai (see above pre-earthquake photo) (2011.0311, 2:46 PM Tokyo local time, 12:46:23 AM EST, 05:46:23 UTC).

— Published 2011.0316

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TOYO ITO IN JAPAN

C.B. Liddell for ArchitectureWeek: A very simple question to start with. Maybe the answer will be complicated. How do you feel about being awarded the 2010 Praemium Imperiale? — Published 2011.0302

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ATELIER BOW-WOW - HOUSES

In this glimpse at the Tokyo architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow, Terunobu Fujimori describes the studio's special approach to space, and the architects themselves outline three of their amazing houses. —Editor — Published 2010.0804

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