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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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Postwar Japan

Postwar Japan

(p.439) 28 Postwar Japan
Architecture since 1400

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the architecture of postwar Japan. Japan has played a leading role in international architectural culture in the postwar years. The Japanese have integrated international architectural trends with their own circumstances and traditions without being accused of betraying modernist ideals, not least because these ideals were often anchored in specifically Japanese precedents. At the same time, they have successfully balanced the need to be recognizably Japanese for an international audience and to be internationally up to date from both foreign and domestic points of view. The chapter considers the designs of famed architects such as Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa, Kazuo Shinohara, Tadao Ando, and Arata Isozaki.

Keywords:   Japanese architecture, postwar Japan, Japanese architects, Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa, Kazuo Shinohara, Tadao Ando, Arata Isozaki

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