A Japanese constellation : Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA, Ryue Nishizawa, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, Junya Ishigami / edited by Sarah Resnick ; foreword by Glenn D. Lowry ; [event organized by] Pedro Gadanho.

by Gadanho, Pedro [originatoranizer.]Looking glass; Springstubb, Phoebe [contributor.]Looking glass; Resnick, Sarah [editor.]Looking glass; Lowry, Glenn D [author of introduction, etc.]Looking glass; Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) [host institution.]Looking glass.

Publisher: New York, New York : The Museum of Modern Art, [2016]Description: 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), plans ; 31 cm.ISBN: 9781633450097; 1633450090.Subject(s): Itō, Toyoo, 1941- -- ExhibitionsLooking glass | Sejima, Kazuyo, 1956- -- ExhibitionsLooking glass | Nishizawa, Ryūe, 1966- -- ExhibitionsLooking glass | Fujimoto, Sōsuke, 1971- -- ExhibitionsLooking glass | Hirata, Akihisa, 1971- -- ExhibitionsLooking glass | Ishigami, Jun'ya, 1974- -- ExhibitionsLooking glass | SANAA Ltd. -- ExhibitionsLooking glass | Architecture, Japanese -- 21st century -- Exhibitions
Contents:
Foreword / Glenn D. Lowry -- An influential lightness of being / Pedro Gadanho -- Magical spatial inversion / Terunobu Fujimori -- New architecture after "history" / Taro Igarashi -- Deep field : resolving a Japanese constellation / Julian Worrall.
Note: Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'A Japanese constellation : Toyo Ito, SANAA, and beyond', at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 13 March - 4 July 2016.;
Organized by Pedro Gadanho, Director, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, with Phoebe Springstubb, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.
Note: Includes bibliographical references. Summary: "'A Japanese Constellation' showcases a group of contemporary architects who work in Japan but whose influence extends throughout the world. This book, published in conjunction with the first exhibition to feature three generations of practitioners orbiting Pritzker Architecture Prize laureates Toyo Ito and SANAA, moves beyond the limited framework of the architectural "star system" to illuminate how shared themes may spawn cross-generational lines of descent and influence. Highlighting forty-four designs realized since the year 2001, the volume reveals how structural invention, ceaseless experimentation, nonhierarchical thinking, and novel uses of transparency and lightness inform and strengthen the identity of linked local practices, even as their impact is global. With 336 illustrations as well as essays by Perdo Gadanho, Terunobu Fujimori, Taro Igarashi, and Julian Worrall." -- Dust jacket.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, A Japanese Constellation focuses on the work of a small group of architects and designers influenced by and gravitating around the architect Toyo Ito and the architectural firm SANAA. Beginning with an overview of Ito's career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the catalogue presents a richly illustrated portfolio of recent works by three generations of internationally acclaimed designers, including Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami. A Japanese Constellation reveals a network of influence and cross-pollination that has become particularly relevant at the start of the 21st century. Essays by curators, architectural historians, and critics reflect on the transmission of an architectural sensibility, and suggest an alternative model to what has been commonly described as an individuality-based "star-system" in architecture. Offering a panorama of interlinked settled or up-and-coming stars, the publication reveals how shared architectural themes travel across generations of architects, creating a strong identity for a regional practice with global impact.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'A Japanese constellation : Toyo Ito, SANAA, and beyond', at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 13 March - 4 July 2016.

Organized by Pedro Gadanho, Director, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, with Phoebe Springstubb, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

Includes bibliographical references.

Foreword / Glenn D. Lowry -- Acknowledgments -- An influential lightness of being / Pedro Gadanho -- Toyo Ito -- Kazuyo Sejima -- Magical spatial inversion / Terunobu Fujimori -- SANAA -- Ryue Nishizawa -- Sou Fujimoto -- New architecture after "history" / Taro Igarashi -- Akihisa Hirata -- Junya Ishigami -- Deep field : resolving a Japanese constellation / Julian Worrall.

"'A Japanese Constellation' showcases a group of contemporary architects who work in Japan but whose influence extends throughout the world. This book, published in conjunction with the first exhibition to feature three generations of practitioners orbiting Pritzker Architecture Prize laureates Toyo Ito and SANAA, moves beyond the limited framework of the architectural "star system" to illuminate how shared themes may spawn cross-generational lines of descent and influence. Highlighting forty-four designs realized since the year 2001, the volume reveals how structural invention, ceaseless experimentation, nonhierarchical thinking, and novel uses of transparency and lightness inform and strengthen the identity of linked local practices, even as their impact is global. With 336 illustrations as well as essays by Perdo Gadanho, Terunobu Fujimori, Taro Igarashi, and Julian Worrall." -- Dust jacket.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Toyo Ito(born 1941) is well known for a highly conceptual take on architecture. After working in the offices of Kiyonori Kikutake, one of the most celebrated Japanese Metabolists, he founded his first office in 1971 and established Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects in 1979. Critically acclaimed projects include the Sendai Mediatheque (1995-2001) and the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House (2005-15) in Taiwan. He has been awarded some of the profession's highest honors, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2013), the Praemium Imperiale (2010), and RIBA's Royal Gold Medal (2006).

SANAA, founded in 1995 by the architects Kazuyo Sejima (born 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (born 1966), has designed highly innovative buildings in Japan and internationally. Significant projects include the Rolex Learning Center (2004-10) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (1999-2004) in Kanazawa, which was awarded the 2004 Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Both Sejima and Niszhizawa maintain parallel individual practices that have achieved international recognition for intensely experimental work. SANAA was the recipient of the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Pedro Gadanhois a Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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