Post-WWII Japan led to a lot of change for the visual makeup of the country. Given a nearly blank slate by the massive devastation the country suffered during the war, a group of architects, artists and designers worked to plan and think of new ways to rebuild the country once again. With a super-creative bureaucracy and an activist state, the group presented their work to the country and the world 15 years later. The new architecture, called Metabolism, proposed a radical makeover of the entire country’s landscape, and those involved became heroes in many ways. With stories written about them and features in newspapers, magazines and across the TV, the architects became known as the thinkers and doers of a re-surging nation. It was their hard work and discipline that led Japan in the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Over the last six years, architect extraordinaire Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed surviving members of Metabolism, culminating in the newest book by Taschen dubbed Project Japan, Metabolism Talks…. With the aid of countless mentors, collaborators, rivals, critics, portages and families, Project Japan is comprised of 720 pages of extensive interviews with Metabolism flag bearers Arata Isozaki, Toshiko Kato, Kiyonori Kikutake, Noboru Kawazoe, Fumihiko Maki, Kisho Kurokawa, Kenji Ekuan, Atsushi Shimokobe and Takako and Noritaka Tange. The softcover book also features hundreds of never-before-seen images, architectural models and magazine excerpts. Pick up your copy for $60.
720-page softcover features hundreds of never-before-seen images