Toyo Ito / [contributions by Dana Buntrock, Taro Igarashi, Riken Yamamoto].

by Itō, Toyoo, 1941- [author.]Looking glass; Buntrock, Dana, 1958- [contributor.]Looking glass; Igarashi, Tarō, 1967- [contributor.]Looking glass; Yamamoto, Riken, 1945- [contributor.]Looking glass.

Publisher: New York, New York : Phaidon Press Inc., 2009.Description: 231 pages : illustrations (colour), maps, plans ; 30 cm.ISBN: 0714868604; 9780714868608.Subject(s): Itō, Toyoo, 1941-Looking glass | Architecture, JapaneseLooking glass | Architecture, Modern -- 20th centuryLooking glassNote: Reprinted 2014.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary: Toyo Ito (b.1941) is one of the world's most ground-breaking architects, recognized internationally for his inventive and original work. The revolutionary approach to engineering seen in his Sendai Mediatheque (2001) marks an important turning point not only in his own work but also in contemporary architecture in general. Before Sendai, the architect was concerned with structural lightness and transparency, and preserving conceptual purity in what he saw as the ever-changing 'non-context' of Iapanese cities. Although his designs still show these early influences, after the Sendai Mediatheque he began to leave behind what he increasingly saw as the boring boxes favoured by modernism, and move toward a light, sensuous and organic architecture that engages with the cities around it and the people who inhabit it. Toyo Ito contains essays written by the architect himself on the creative process behind his projects, as well as an introduction by the eminent architect Riken Yamamoto and exploratory essays by Dana Buntrock and Taro Igarashi. All Ito's major projects, from his early experimental White U House (1976) and Silver Hut (1984) in Tokyo, to the extraordinary projects such as TOD'S Omotesando in Tokyo (2004) and the Island City Central Park 'GRIN GRIN' in Fukuoka (2005) are included and illustrated in detail by drawings, photographs and computer renderings.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Toyo Ito (b. 1941) is one of the most important Japanese architects working today, and has grown to be one of the most influential in the world. He is famous for ambitious and stunning projects such as the Sendai Mediatheque, TOD'S Omotesando, Tama Art University Library, and Island City Central Park, all of which demonstrate his ability to use materials in surprising and innovative ways, with revolutionary high-tech organic geometries.

In this unique volume Toyo Ito presents a personal selection of 31 of his projects divided into 14 thematic sections, all with introductions in which Ito looks at some of the influences on and trends in his thought. The eminent architect Riken Yamamoto provides an introduction, while the internationally respected architecture critics Dana Buntrock and Taro Igarashi contribute exploratory essays.

Reprinted 2014.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Toyo Ito (b.1941) is one of the world's most ground-breaking architects, recognized internationally for his inventive and original work. The revolutionary approach to engineering seen in his Sendai Mediatheque (2001) marks an important turning point not only in his own work but also in contemporary architecture in general. Before Sendai, the architect was concerned with structural lightness and transparency, and preserving conceptual purity in what he saw as the ever-changing 'non-context' of Iapanese cities. Although his designs still show these early influences, after the Sendai Mediatheque he began to leave behind what he increasingly saw as the boring boxes favoured by modernism, and move toward a light, sensuous and organic architecture that engages with the cities around it and the people who inhabit it. Toyo Ito contains essays written by the architect himself on the creative process behind his projects, as well as an introduction by the eminent architect Riken Yamamoto and exploratory essays by Dana Buntrock and Taro Igarashi. All Ito's major projects, from his early experimental White U House (1976) and Silver Hut (1984) in Tokyo, to the extraordinary projects such as TOD'S Omotesando in Tokyo (2004) and the Island City Central Park 'GRIN GRIN' in Fukuoka (2005) are included and illustrated in detail by drawings, photographs and computer renderings.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Toyo Ito started his own studio, Urban Robot (urbot) in 1971, which became Toyo Ito & Associates in 1979. His remarkable work has won many awards, including the Brunner Memorial Prize in 2000 and the RIBA Gold Medal in 2006.

Dana Buntrock is a well-known expert on Japanese architecture and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Taro Igarashi teaches architecture at Tohoku University, Sendai, and is widely respected for his writing on design, the arts, and philosophy.

Riken Yamamoto, architect, is a contemporary of Toyo Ito and also recognized worldwide for his architectural innovation. Among his extraordinary recent projects are Jian Wai SOHO, Beijing (2003) and the Yokosuka Museum of Art (2007).

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