Reflections on Japanese Modernism – Part 3



Lecture date: 2004-05-05

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 .

Panel discussion with Arata Isozaki, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Peter Cook, Hera van Sande, and Ken Tadashi Oshima.

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