Japanese Architecture as a Collaborative Process: Opportunities in a Flexible Construction Culture

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Taylor & Francis, Sep 4, 2014 - Architecture - 208 pages
Architects throughout the world hold Japan's best architecture in high regard, considering the country's buildings among the world's most carefully crafted and innovative. While many books, magazines, and exhibitions have focused on the results of architectural practice in Japan, this book is the first to explain the reasons for Japan's remarkable structures. Architecture does not occur in isolation; Japan's architects are able to collaborate with a wide variety of people from professional consultants to constructors.
Dana Buntrock discusses architecture as a part of the construction community, moving from historical precedents that predate the emergence of the architectural profession in Japan through to contemporary practices.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Historical precedents
6
Education and the professions
23
Architectural practice today
33
The roots of collaborative practice
47
Collaborators and competitors
72
Selecting subcontractors
91
Two paths to customization
100
Avantgarde architecture in the public realm
128
Legal issues
148
Conclusion
169
Index
177
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