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Kengo Kuma: Complete Works 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0500342830
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“This important opus brings convincing evidence that embracing the ambivalence inherent in a negotiation between tradition and contemporary technology, and between normative regulation and creativity, is key to architecture’s pertinence to culture.” (The Architect's Newspaper)

About the Author

Kenneth Frampton is a historian and theorist, and a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York. His many books include Modern Architecture: A Critical History, Le Corbusier, and Kengo Kuma: Complete Works.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500342830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500342831
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.3 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The motto of Kengo Kuma's practice "is to recover the tradition of Japanese buildings and to reinterpret these traditions for the 21st century". But what sets his work apart from his Post-Modern predecessors, or his peer Japanese architects who shared a similar goal such as Hiroshi Naito or Terunobu Fujimori was he deemphasized formal expression, and instead, he focused meticulously on the intangibles of traditional Japanese architecture, such as layering of space, mentality of emptiness, the play of light and shadow, framing of views, and nature and its expression thru materiality. His most distinguished methodology of recreating the intangibles was through the manipulation of materials and their tectonics to produce phenomenal effects that rooted his designs to their time and places. His choices of materials were typically mixtures of modern (glass, metal, concrete, etc.…) with natural and often regional (straw, bamboo, wood, stone, plants, water, earth, etc...). Although most of his projects looked different from one another but the rigorous execution of details and unrestingly dialogues between traditional and contemporary made his architecture immediately recognizable.

The 320 volume by legendary Kenneth Frampton in collaboration with the architect is arguably the best Kengo Kuma monograph to date. Although I also place Botond Bognar’s Material Immaterial in high regard since it was the book that began my fascination of the architect’s work, but unfortunately, his more recent projects were not available at the time of publication in 2009. Material tectonic culture and critical regionalism are two of Frampton’s specialties, and that's how the contents structured.
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The only lacking part is drawings or sketches explaining the tectonic of the design. I would have been great if each project is supported by design process followed with some detail drawings.
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Really well done and interesting book!!
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Not bad. Wouldn't hurt to get a 2nd hand one
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