KOOLHAAS, Rem, Hans Ulrich OBRIST, Brett STEELE, Shumon BASAR

Project Japan: Metabolism Talks

Series: Roundtable Discussion
Date: Tuesday 7 February 2012
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 102 mins

Project Japan is a new book by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist, edited by Kayoko Ota with James Westcott and designed by Irma Boom. It tells the story of the first non-western avant-garde movement in architecture, and the last movement anywhere to play a crucial role in the economic, intellectual, and architectural (re)building of a nation: Metabolism.

Between 2005 and 2011, architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed the surviving members of Metabolism, together with dozens of their collaborators, mentors, rivals, critics, protégés and families. The result is a vivid documentary both of an architectural movement and an activist state that mobilised the most creative forces of its population for a task that, in 1945, seemed impossible.

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