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Contemporary Japanese Architecture. 40th Ed.

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Ever since Osaka World Expo ’70 brought contemporary forms center stage, Japan has been a key player in global architecture. Presenting the Japanese art of building, this book reveals how the likes of Tadao Ando, SANAA, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, and Junya Ishigami are relinking past, present, and future—building greener and smarter than ever before.

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Hardcover6.1 x 8.5 in.2.31 lb480 pages

“The book hops around Japan and around the globe introducing readers to some of the more spectacular recent buildings from Japanese architects.”

“A bible of the most beautiful contemporary Japanese monuments.”

Architectures à Vivre

“A survey of the most innovative projects from the country’s recent past.”

Architect Magazine
Contemporary Japanese Architecture. 40th Ed.

Contemporary Japanese Architecture. 40th Ed.


Modern by Tradition

A survey of Japan’s contemporary architecture scene

Japan's contemporary architecture has long been among the most inventive in the world, recognized for sustainability and infinite creativity. No fewer than eight Japanese architects have won the Pritzker Prize.

Since Osaka World Expo ’70 highlighted contemporary forms, Japan has been a key player in global architecture. Tadao Ando's geometry put Japanese building on the map, bridging East and West. After his concrete buildings, figures like Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban, and Kazuyo Sejima pioneered a more sustainable approach. Younger generations have taken new directions, in harmony with nature, traditional building, and an endless search for forms.

Presenting the latest in Japanese building,
this book links this unique creativity to Japan's high population density, modern economy, long history, and continual disasters in the form of earthquakes. Accepting ambiguity, constant change, and catastrophe is a key to understanding how Japanese architecture differs from that of Europe or America.

This compact edition highlights 37 architects and 53 exceptional projects by Japanese masters—from Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Theater, Shigeru Ban’s concert hall La Seine Musical, SANAA’s Grace Farms, Fumihiko Maki’s 4 World Trade Center to Takashi Suo’s much smaller sustainable dental clinic. An elaborate essay traces the building scene from the Metabolists to today, showing how the interaction of past, present, and future has earned contemporary Japanese architecture worldwide recognition.

The editor and author

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His TASCHEN books include the Homes for Our Time series and monographs on numerous major architects, including Norman Foster, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid.

Contemporary Japanese Architecture. 40th Ed.
Hardcover15.6 x 21.7 cm1.05 kg480 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-9572-8

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)

ISBN 978-3-8365-9573-5

Edition: Multilingual (English, Italian, Spanish)
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