Responding to Chaos: Tradition, Technology, Society and Order in Japanese Design

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Taylor & Francis, 2000 - Architecture - 212 pages
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A celebration of a unique culture and its experience, this text offers an examination of Japanese design at the start of the new millennium. The country's economic boom of the 1980s produced a surge of interest in land and building, and consequently in design in all its forms. From restaurant interiors to products, from private housing to recreational spaces, design received an unprecedented degree of attention. However the bursting in the early 1990s of this so-called bubble economy has prompted a reexamination of design and its role in urban society. The new environment for design in Japan is less self-conscious and extravagant, more introspective and sensitive to a broader range of issues. This text offers an account of 17 key individuals through a series of dialogues with the designers themselves. Covering more than 90 individual projects, this text covers completed works and projects that span a range from clocks to computer centres.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Kan Izue 21 Soul Provider
110
Defending the Cultural Low Ground Quoting the Sacred in Modern
135
A Modernist listening to the Earth Letting Nature Speak
146
Architecture that responds to Rotation in Harmony with Nature
158
Shoei Yon 64
169
Conclusion
206

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