My article, “Shibui Katsura: The Emergence of a Japanese Global Icon, 1921-70,” is published in the latest issue (Vol. 82, Issue 1) of Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. ABSTRACT“Katsura is shibui”—this persistent slogan originated in two special issues of House Beautiful published in 1960. Themed “Discover shibui” and “How to be shibui with American things,” these publications linked the […]
An interview with Tadao Ando is featured in the August 2022 issue (“Book as Architecture”) of Journal of Architecture and Building Science. (from the lead text)Tadao Ando is a “self-taught architect” known as a prolific reader.His vast collection of books fills the walls of his office.He also stresses the importance of reading in staff training.In […]
The latest issue of Journal of Architecture and Building Science features Sendai Mediatheque (“Sendai Mediatheque: Past 20 Years and Its Future”). An interview with Toyo Ito, the designer of the project, is featured at the beginning of the book (interviewer: Koji Ichikawa and Hiroshi Emoto).http://jabs.aij.or.jp/
The result of the competition “Words to Capture the Architecture of the 2020s” by the Architectural Design Association of Nippon (ADAN) is announced.I contributed an entry like science fiction on the theme of “History of Western Architecture” (in Japanese).http://www.adan.or.jp/info/3321
I contributed an article “Flying Around Building Sites” to the December issue of UP (the bulletin of University of Tokyo Press) as the ninth in a series of relay essays “On Receiving the University of Tokyo’s Nambara Shigeru Publication Prize.”It explains the context in which I moved from the history of Ruskin’s reception to the […]
The poster session “Brutal Act of Time: Brutalism in Japan from Within and Without” for the 16th International Docomomo Conference (August 29-September 2, 2021) is now available.It traces the process by which the British “New Brutalism” was read into the world history term “Brutalism” in the 1950s and 60s.