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Japan ness in Architecture [PDF / EPUB] Japan ness in Architecture One of Japan's leading architects examines notions of Japan ness as exemplified by key events in Japanese architectural history from the seventh to the twentieth century; essays on buildings and their One of Japan's leading architects examines notions of Japan ness as exemplified by key events in Japanese architectural history from the seventh to the twentieth century; essays on buildings and their cultural context Japanese architect Arata Isozaki sees buildings not as dead objects but as events that encompass the social and historical context not to be Japan ness MOBI :ß defined forever by their everlasting materiality but as texts to be interpreted and reread continually In Japan ness in Architecture he identifies what is essentially Japanese in architecture from the seventh to the twentieth century In the opening essay Isozaki analyses the struggles of modern Japanese architects including himself to create something uniuely Japanese out of modernity He then circles back in history to find what he calls Japan ness in the seventh century Ise shrine the twelfth century Todai ji Temple and its sixteenth century reconstruction and the seventeenth century Katsura Imperial Villa the West's concept of architectural permanence and in the repetition of the ritual an alternative to modernity's anxious uest for origins He traces the constructive power of the Todai ji Temple to the vision of the director of its reconstruction the monk Chogen whose imaginative power he sees as corresponding to the revolutionary turmoil of the times The Katsura Imperial Villa with its chimerical spaces achieved its own Japan ness as it reinvented the traditional shoin style And yet writes Isozaki what others consider to be the Japanese aesthetic is often the opposite of that essential Japan ness that was born in moments of historic self definition; the purified stylisation what Isozaki calls Japanesuisation lacks the energy of cultural transformation and reflects an island retrenchment in response to the pressure of other cultures autobiographical account these essays written over a period of twenty years demonstrate Isozaki's standing as one of the world's leading architects and pre eminent architectural thinkers.