Tokyo has earned a reputation as one of the innovative cities in the world, and nowhere is this more evident than in its modern architecture. This book covers eighty-three examples of contemporary architecture and introduces them not just from an architectural perspective, but as part of the social, cultural, and political tapestry of the city.
Tokyo has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking cities in the world, and nowhere is this more evident than in its modern architecture. Authors and architects Julian Worrall and Erez Golani Solomon, long-time residents of the city, have selected eighty-three outstanding examples of contemporary architecture, built from the 1990s onwards, and introduce them not just from an architectural perspective, but as part of the social, cultural, and political tapestry of the city. In addition to the monumental masterpieces of famous architects, generic buildings, from office blocks, to convenience stores, to high-rise apartment towers, are also sprinkled throughout the book, to create a full and fascinating overview of the architectural landscape of the city. The book is divided into seven chapters, each covering a different geographical district of Tokyo, and each building is accompanied by a selection of stunning black-and-white photographs. There is a four-page introduction to the book, placing Tokyo's contemporary architecture in its historical and social context, and each district chapter is prefaced by a two-page introduction outlining the architectural characteristics of the area. Written in an accessible, conversational style, and including maps and access information for each building, this book is as appealing to the layman as the professional architect, to the visitor to Tokyo as to the armchair traveller.
Julian Worrall is a licensed architect, trained architectural and urban historian, widely published critic, and experienced university educator. He writes regularly about architecture for publications such as The Japan Times, Domus, and Icon. Erez Golani Solomon holds a Ph. D. in Architecture from the University of Tokyo. He teaches urban theory and architectural design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv University and Waseda University, Tokyo.
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