Tarzans in the Media Forest by Toyo Ito
A collection of architectural writings and essays by the prominent Japanese architect Toyo Ito, published in English for the first time.
For 40 years Toyo Ito has not only built architecture, but written it. Since the beginning of his career he has arranged words on pages with the kind of ingenuity and precision most architects associate only with the disposition of concrete, glass, wood or steel. In Ito's hand and mind architecture is an idea.
Part of a new generation of Japanese architects that emerged in the wake of the radical Metabolist group, Ito has synthesised the experimental architectural language of Metabolism with his own distinct design sensibility. First evidenced by his Aluminium House, White U and Silver Hut house, this sensibility has developed a more dramatic formal adventurousness of late with buildings including the Sendai Mediatheque, Mikimoto building, Tama Art University library and the soon-to-be-completed Taichung Metropolitan Opera House.
The texts in this collection cover almost exactly 40 years of writing and feature famous essays as well as previously untranslated writings that shed new light on Ito's relationship to evolving patterns of architectural.
Paperback, 188 pages
Dimensions: 11cm x 1.2cm x 18 cm
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