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"Ils n’ont pas eu à dire «du passé faisons table rase» parce que leur pays avait été rasé. Tout restait à reconstruire, à réinventer. Visionnaires, utopistes, chouchoutés par une administration sensible à l’avant-gardisme, ils ont incubé leurs idées pendant 15 ans et porté à l’aube des années 60 un mouvement radical: le «métabolisme» ou l’architecture évolutive. Bâtiments et villes sont dessinés selon les mêmes lois organiques qui font que la vie croît et change. Le mouvement, conduit par Tange Kenzo, rassemblait critiques, architectes, designers et allait donner naissance à des immeubles comme la Capsule Tower de Kisho Kurosawa. Aujourd’hui, 50 ans plus tard, les jeunes architectes se penchent sur le métabolisme, s’en réclament. Car entre les fractales, la flexibilité et l‘écologie, c’est diablement actuel. Le livre (en anglais) fait témoigner les acteurs du groupe et propose des visions jusque-là seulement connues des aficionados de la science-fiction."— Artravel, Paris, Francia
“La última gran propuesta en materia de arquitectura de la editorial alemana TASCHEN. Project Japan es el resultado de una investigación de seis años sobre los metabolistas japoneses, que según palabras de sus autores ha supuesto un cambio significativo en la arquitectura. Rem Koolhaas, director de OMA, quien ha colaborado anteriormente con TASCHEN se alía en esta ocasión con Obrist. El increíble dossier fotográfico de esta publicación procede de diversos archivos privados que no habían visto la luz. Es la publicación de arquitectura más importante del año.”— Neo2, Madrid, España
“Sei anni di lavoro, di interviste, di inediti e rivelazioni. Dal 2005 Rem Koolhaas, l’architetto-pensatore più lucido del nostro tempo, ha iniziato a lavorare con Hans Ulrich Obrist, il nonstop curator del mondo dell’arte, a un progetto impegnativo: ricostruire la storia del Metabolismo giapponese degli Anni 60, “l’ultimo movimento d’avanguardia che ha cambiato l’architettura”, dando voce ai protagonisti ancora in vita. Il risultato è il libro Project Japan, Matabolism Talks… costruito come una conversazione, a cui fanno da sfondo le vicende culturali del Paese.”— Casa Amica, Milano, Italy
“The sheer magnitude and breath of Metabolist imagination and endeavour astonished and literally conquered the Western-dominated world of architecture of the time. Koolhaas and Obrist deserve much credit for ensuring these phenomenal voices come through loud and clear in the fascinating 720 pages of this book. Designed in an unfussy style of a diary with eloquent comments in the margins, it includes photography and easy to follow sketches.”— Morning Star, London, Reino Unido
“Entre 2005 y 2011, el arquitecto Rem Koolhaas y el comisario de arte Hans Ulrich Obrist entrevistaron a los miembros supervivientes del metabolismo, la primera vanguardia no occidental, fundada en Tokio en 1960, en medio del milagro japonés de la posguerra. Project Japan presenta cientos de imágenes nunca vistas —planes maestros desde Manchuria a Tokio, instantáneas íntimas de los metabolistas trabajando y divirtiéndose, modelos arquitectónicos, extractos de revistas y asombrosas visiones urbanas de ciencia ficción— que narran la historia de Japón en el siglo XX a través de su arquitectura.”— El Cultural del ABC, Madrid, España
“Imagine being asked to design a book of 700-plus pages on the history of a postwar architectural movement, which is to include historical essays, maps, charts, photographs and dozens of interviews with the protagonists plus their collaborators, protégés and families. How could you possibly make such a tsunami of material seem coherent? With difficulty. And imagine how much more difficult that task would be if new content was still being generated after the design process had started. This was the challenge facing the Dutch book designer Irma Boom when she embarked on the design of “Project Japan: Metabolism Talks...”, a book produced by the architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist on the Metabolist architectural movement in post-war Japan. She did so by deploying lateral thinking. Her solution was to intersperse essays and interviews throughout the book, and to identify each section through color-coding. The colors of the page edges and of the introductory pages indicate whether a section is devoted to essays, interviews or photographs of the surviving Metabolist buildings. There is also a nostalgic note in the gently distorted Japanese “red sun” symbol on the book’s cover. Together with the reddish brown palette and roughly textured paper, it is Ms. Boom’s tribute to a 1960 pamphlet in which the Metabolists defined their goals.”— The New York Times, New York, Estados Unidos
“The book is a gripping read in great measure because it is a lively account of the clash of two cultures and schools of philosophy…The strength of both the Metabolists and the book is that the existential questions of birth, growth, renewal, destruction and death are never very far away, that it is especially important to use out powers of imagination to imagine more peaceful, just and harmonious futures. Due to this intensity, I read the book from cover to cover with relish.”— Blueprint, London, Reino Unido
“El arquitecto Rem Koolhaas y el comisario de arte Hans Ulrich Obrist recogen en este libro el principio - desnudo - desenlace de una arquitectura concebida más como asunto público que como negocio privado.”— REM, Madrid, España
“Beyond Reasonable Clout – (Project Japan) relish(es) ideas – and individuals – transcending the bounds of what’s predictable.”— Surface Magazine, New York, Estados Unidos
„Es ist das perfekte Buch für Demonstranten in kalten Nächten vor der Europäischen Zentralbank.“— Welt am Sonntag, Berlin, Alemania
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Project Japan. Metabolism Talks…

Project Japan. Metabolism Talks…

Rem Koolhaas, Hans Ulrich Obrist
Tapa blanda, 6.8 x 9.3 in., 720 páginas
$ 59.99

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