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Edited by Pedro Gadanho and Phoebe Springstubb. Essays by Terunobu Fujimori, Taro Igarashi, and Julian Worrall.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at MoMA, 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 is particularly relevant at the start of the twenty-first century. Essays by curators, historians, and critics reflect on the transmission of an architectural sensibility and suggest an alternative model to what has been described as an individuality-based "star-system" in architecture. The publication reveals how themes travel across generations of architects, creating a strong identity for a regional practice with global impact.
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