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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neccessary book for the blasé sons and daughters of the architectural noughties
A great collected history of a truly radical movement caught into, and trying to steer,a rapidly changing society.
This book is neccessary for architects right now: The thorough archiving and indexing of an avant-garde movement reminds us that architects once fearlessly and courageously embraced the transformational qualities of architecture. It really makes you...
Published on February 28, 2012 by nomadic architect

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8 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wot?
"tabula rasa of a colonized Manchuria": Just because you're all arty and more-postmodern-than-thou does not mean that it is right to deny genocide and invasion. Just for the record, Japan did not conquer an entire continent, either. I must say, it was brave for you to publish a book about expansionist Japanese architecture, at all. But then, you said that it got underway...
Published on February 26, 2012 by Pen Name and That A


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neccessary book for the blasé sons and daughters of the architectural noughties, February 28, 2012
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This review is from: Project Japan: Metabolism Talks... (Paperback)
A great collected history of a truly radical movement caught into, and trying to steer,a rapidly changing society.
This book is neccessary for architects right now: The thorough archiving and indexing of an avant-garde movement reminds us that architects once fearlessly and courageously embraced the transformational qualities of architecture. It really makes you lament the absence of such a strong contemporary agenda to react to-I can't imagine all those pritzker prize winners actually consolidating their respective intelligence into a cohesive idea like the metabolists did.
It's a massive and dense volume though-I havent been able to finish it yet. It is very well illustrated and is bound to provide inspiration, almost too dense to go through all at once.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a thorough beauty, February 27, 2012
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an incredible, ambitious collection of all things metabolist- materials from every possible source from friends, lovers ti colleagues from the past and present. a great handbook for aspiring and practicing architects to see how one generation succeeded in an architecture/ media/ policy/ masterplanning mash up that still holds as one of the most legendary group efforts to this day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue, May 17, 2012
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James Ferguson (Vilnius, Lithuania) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Project Japan: Metabolism Talks... (Paperback)
The Metabolist movement in Japan seemed consigned to the dustbin of history until resurrected in this amply illustrated book that gives the movement a greater width and breadth. Not surprising to see Rem Koolhaas behind the project, as his work owes a substantial debt to this movement. More importantly, Koolhaas provides wonderful interviews and insights on its leading proponents, including the dapper Kisho Kurokawa, who gave us such novel projects as the Nagakin Capsule Tower, downsizing units to less than 10 square meters (100 square feet).

Of course, a movement like this could have only been spawned in Japan, which was looking for new ways to deal with the post-war housing shortage. Kenzo Tange was the godfather of the movement, and would have a major impact on international architectural design. The movement also gave us Arata Isozaki and Fumihiko Maki, among other leading architects. While the designs looked very futuristic at the time, they were based on traditional planning principles. I would have liked to see a bigger format like Taschen has done on other topics, but the wealth of material will reward those interested in Metabolism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Thinking of Metabolists, September 26, 2014
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Ko Wibowo (Puyallup, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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What a thorough survey of metabolist movement! Without this book, we will only know metabolist only at the surface. This book provides insights into how the movement came into being supported by Japanese economic rise in 70s and the tabula rasa as the result of Japan losing WWII. More importantly it gives information about the unselfish leadership of Kenzo Tange who allowed a democratic environment within the group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like no other, May 7, 2014
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Metabolism Talks is a compilation recommended for any one with interest on Architecture, Urbanism or History, being student or professional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book that does justice to its subject matter., August 26, 2013
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Going into this book I knew very little about the metabolist movement in architecture. I found that the format of quickly alternating interviews and history pieces kept me engaged and interested as a reader. Well-chosen photos and graphics illustrate the text tastefully. The interviews with metabolist architects were great, and managed to not only record the important history and facts about metabolist architecture, but also gave insight into the personal lives, career development, and group dynamic of these Japanese architects who all contributed to the movement in different ways.

As a designer I can relate to the metabolist's desire for architecture to play a role in solving the many complex problems in a rapidly changing world. Only by working together to advance the architecture profession in Japan were they able to achieve some level of success. With the focus today so much on the individuality of each famous designer, it is refreshing to read about this not-so-distant movement that happened because of a group of individuals working toward a common way of thinking. I have not come across any other books that describe the process of a movement taking shape quite like this book does. It goes to great lengths to provide as many viewpoints as possible from the people who were there when it happened. It is an architecture book that is also about how these architects interacted with their world to promote their vision.

It feels like a large amount of respect and care went into the making of this book. Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist clearly knew that the metabolist movement in architecture has tremendous historical importance and a serious lack of recorded historical documentation. They did a wonderful job compiling and presenting all the information in this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars queria tanto este libro!, March 22, 2013
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Si sos estudiante de arquitectura y amante de Japón, como yo, este libro es super recomendable para conocer un poco más sobre el metabolismo japonés!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible., January 21, 2013
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Such a comprehensive look at the movement. Also the book is one of the most beautiful books I have bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!!, December 15, 2012
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In this book we will found the rise of an entire city thru the designer's work.
When the nuclear bombs dropped on the Japanese cities had to start building cities from scratch.
This book describes the processes of designers to design solutions to this tragedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Really Talks!, November 22, 2012
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If its a topic of minimalism, micro-living, or have a great interest to Japanese architecture, this is the perfect book! I personally used this book to help me study and find inspiration for my thesis. And believe me, this book gave lots of inspiration, precedent studies/analysis, and helpful information that progressed my studies. Architects student or not, this books holds lots of historic information that both benefit a better understanding of the what has been done and what is being improved or used today. The Nagakin Capsule Hotel is just one of the buildings that initiated the whole micro-living and providing a better understanding of "time" and "space" really means to human proportions. I highly recommended it!
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