The words recycling and reuse may be in the DNA of Japanese culture, but they sank into oblivion with the rise of unbridled consumerism after World War II. In more recent times, however, a number of Japanese architectural and urban developments have displayed a reversal of this trend.
In this issue
CoverRamak Fazel, the photographer of the cover image describes his experience at Arcosanti: “Wafting in the wind against an Arizona sky, these colourful flags provide orientation to an Arcosanti swimmer. One might imagine that his submerged ears drown the hum from the nearby Interstate 17. The two poles of Paolo Soleri’s American experience—Cosanti and Arcosanti—were separated by 67 miles of unforgiving concrete road navigable only by the private automobile. The swimming pool at Arcosanti provided respite from more than the summer heat”.
Editoriale: Nuotare nel paesaggioPer questo Salone del Mobile, Domus ha colto l’opportunità di rivisitare, attraverso l’archivio di Ramak Fazel, amici vecchi e nuovi—Paolo Soleri tra questi—nella mostra “Analog Blast” allestita alla Casa degli Atellani.
Op–Ed: The Nationalist Library
PhotoessayLosk. Alina Schmuch, Franca Scholz
The sublime is nowOver the past quarter century, the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein has operated as a site of applied architectural experimentation, challenging world-famous architects to rethink industrial buildings. The latest addition to the campus is a warehouse by sanaa; while its scale is imposing, it succeeds in introducing an element of poetic sublimity to the industrial site.
Social sustenanceA stone’s throw from Tokyo Narita Airport lies an unusual food processing facility, the Koisuru-Buta Laboratory. It offers long-term employment to differently-abled individuals, it includes an on-site restaurant open to the public, and its headquarters were designed by Atelier Bow-Wow. Yoshimura Yasutaka reports on this new model of factory designed around its social agenda.
Engineering and traditionA foray into the office of Junya Ishigami in Tokyo reveals new aspects of his design philosophy, intent on creating architectural experiences poised between engineering challenges and simple gestures.
Architecture reincarnatedThe words recycling and reuse may be in the dna of Japanese culture, but they sank into oblivion with the rise of unbridled consumerism after World War II. In more recent times, however, a number of Japanese architectural and urban developments have displayed a reversal of this trend. We report here on two examples, one in Yokohama and one in Kurashiki.
Rebuilding communitiesWhile the reconstruction in Japan proceeds at a slow pace, a group of architects has created a series of public buildings working directly with local communities, erecting kindergardens, community spaces and play centres near temporary housing zones. Although modest in size, these projects are profoundly appreciated by their users thanks to their spirit of sharing.
The Metabolist routineJapanese Metabolism was more than just an architectural movement: it was a lifestyle. Two young Portuguese architects, who currently reside in Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, report on their daily 21st-century life in one
of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings.