Mr Isozaki in real life

On a break from writing a book review when I saw this – Arata Isozaki checking out the Familial Clouds installation (part of the Venice Biennale) by Andrew Barrie and Simon Twose. Andrew is a professor at Auckland University where I studied for my undergrad.

Why is this significant? Because my book review is on Isozaki’s Japan-ness in Architecture. And here he is in real life! Good to see he is still very much active and travelling around the world.

Check out the link below it’s a really cool installation with articulately folded paper models.

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Here’s a little introduction to Isozaki from what I have written so far. A very impressive body of work backed up by theory:

Arata Isozaki’s recently published book titled Japan-ness in Architecture is a collection of writings over the past 20 years presented as a combination of critical analysis, historical survey and theoretical reflection. Rather than theorizing his own ideas much of the book examines three major Japanese monuments: the Ise shrine (circa 7th century), the Todai-ji gate (12th century) and the buildings and gardens of the Katsura Imperial Villa (17th century). He sees these monuments as discursive spaces more importantly read as events and text rather than a building. Therefore the historical contextual knowledge provided throughout is necessary to understand their significance and meanings associated with them. In the foreword Toshiki Mori suggests, “For Isozaki, buildings are indeed texts that live within the cultural milieu of each era, in leaving myriad questions unanswered, they enable a continuous dialogue between civilization and society.”[1] The complex narratives behind the three projects and the ambiguity surrounding their origin and construction prompt them to be read as ongoing events as opposed to static architectural objects generating valuable ongoing discussion and speculation.

[1] Isozaki, Japan-ness , 8.


2 responses to “Mr Isozaki in real life

  1. I can imagine! I read about it for the book review, how its all ambiguous reflecting the changes made throughout history. Will def try to visit when I go to Japan end of this year!

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