Four Facets of Contemporary Japanese Architecture XSeries Program has started at edX.

In this XSeries, you can take all four courses in the “Four Facets of Contemporary Japanese Architecture” series: “1st Facet: Theory,” “2nd Facet: Technology,” “3rd Facet: City,” and “4th Facet: Humans”. In the paid course [Verified Track], you will receive a certificate of completion by answering comprehension quizzes, but you can also view all lecture videos in the free course [Audit Track].

In this series, we have looked back on the turbulent half-century since Japan’s reconstruction after World War II, focusing on the four facets of architecture, together with the architects involved. We hope that many people will find it useful as a resource for considering the future of architecture and humanity.



FOUR FACETS OF CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE: Theory1-1. Revisiting Kenzo Tange, Yoyogi 1st Gymnasium (1964)1-2. In Search of a Space – Arata Isozaki, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (1974)1-3. Learning from Style – Hisao Kohyama, Sainokuni Saitama Arts Theater (1994)1-4. New Primitivism – Terunobu Fujimori, La Collina Omihachiman (2014)1-5. Connecting the Dots – Hidetoshi Ohno, Heart Nursery School (2014)1-6. Architect without Architecture – Kengo Kuma, Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center (2012)1-7. Too Large As Architecture Too Small As City – Kazuyo Sejima, Inujima “Art House Project” (2010-)1-8. Review – 1st Facet: Theory

FOUR FACETS OF CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE: Technology2-1. Architecture Lives Inside People – Tadao Ando, Atelier in Oyodo II (1991)2-2. Advancing Systemic Spaces – Kazuhiko Namba, BOXHOUSE 112 (2006)2-3. What Do You Want, Wood? – Shigeru Ban, La Seine Musicale (2017)2-4. Why I Went to Countryside? – Kengo Kuma, Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010)2-5. Design by Reinterpretation – Manabu Chiba, KOGAKUIN UNIVERSITY 125TH MEMORIAL EDUCATION CENTER (2012)2-6. In Praise of Errors – Yusuke Obuchi, DFL Pavilion (2015)2-7. Review – 2nd Facet: Technology

FOUR FACETS OF CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE: City3-1. Architectures in Unconditional Love – Fumihiko Maki, Hillside Terrace (1969-1992)3-2. Architecture for the People – Itsuko Hasegawa, Niigata City Performing Arts Center (1998)3-3. Transparency: Literal & Behavioral – Riken Yamamoto, Saitama Prefectural University (1999)3-4. Worldly Architecture – Kengo Kuma, Nagaoka City Hall Aore (2012)3-5. Towards an Architecture of Emancipation – Jun Aoki, Omiyamae Gymnasium (2014)3-6. architecture After Architecture – Atelier Bow-Wow, Koisuru-Buta Laboratory (2012)3-7. Review – 3rd Facet: City

FOUR FACETS OF CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE: Humans4-1. Architecture is Fiction – Hiroshi Hara, Hara House (1974)4-2. Constructing From Subconscious Images – Toyo Ito, Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari (2011)4-3. Towards an Architecture of Interiority – Osamu Ishiyama, Gen An (1975)4-4. Living Room of the City – Kengo Kuma, V&A Dundee (2018)4-5. A House for Living Together – Satoko Shinohara, SHARE yaraicho (2012)4-6. Respect the World – Sou Fujimoto, SHIROIYA HOTEL (2020)4-7. Review – Kengo Kuma & Yusuke Obuchi, Japan National Stadium (2019)

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