Ken Tadashi Oshima, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Hera van Sande

Reflections on Japanese Modernism 1/3

Date: Wednesday 5 May 2004
Time: 00:00
Running time: 88 mins

This symposium examines the rise of Japanese modernist architecture within an international context through personal accounts and critical assessment. Japanese and British architectural cultures have been inextricably linked since British architect Joseph Conder's arrival in Japan in 1877, continuing through the 1960s and 1970s with a dialogue between the Metabolist Group and Archigram. Pre-1970s Japanese modernism, while virtually unknown in the West, is a vital link between classic and contemporary Japanese architecture, and developed synchronically through extensive exchange with architects internationally. Mohsen Mostafavi and Simon Kaner - Introduction Ken Tadashi Oshima - Changing Views of Japanese Modernism. Hiroyuki Suzuki - Seven Generations of Japanese Architecture. Hera van Sande - Kunio Maekawas European Connection: The Japanese Pavilion, Brussels, Expo 1958

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