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Matter in the Floating World: Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers

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It can be argued that Japan contains a higher number of internationally significant architects and designers relative to its geographic size than anywhere else in the world. Japanese designers regularly implement radical experiments in new materials and building systems that successfully address imminent energy and resource challenges. These technological achievements are combined with an acute awareness of the ephemerality of materials as well as an engagement with the floating world of changing cultural behaviors and shifting societal patterns. In Matter in the Floating World, materials guru Blaine Brownell (Transmaterial) travels to the offices of twenty leading material and design innovators in Japan, including Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, and Kazuyo Sejima, to find the connections between materiality and transience in their work. The dialogues in Matter in the Floating World are organized into four sections lightness, atmosphere, flow, and emergence that embody various approaches to materiality and evanescence in Japanese architecture and design.

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It can be argued that Japan contains a higher number of internationally significant architects and designers relative to its geographic size than anywhere else in the world. Japanese designers regularly implement radical experiments in new materials and building systems that successfully address imminent energy and resource challenges. These technological achievements are combined with an acute awareness of the ephemerality of existence, creating a rich dialogue between the concrete and the abstract.

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ISBN:
9781568989969
Author:
Brownell, Blaine Erickson
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Subject:
Architecture-Asia and Oceania
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Architecture-Specifications and Detail
Publication Date:
20110331
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Synopsis" by , It can be argued that Japan contains a higher number of internationally significant architects and designers relative to its geographic size than anywhere else in the world. Japanese designers regularly implement radical experiments in new materials and building systems that successfully address imminent energy and resource challenges. These technological achievements are combined with an acute awareness of the ephemerality of existence, creating a rich dialogue between the concrete and the abstract.
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