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Ken T Oshima
ARCH 453
Seattle Campus

Japanese Architecture

Survey of Japanese architecture from its origins to modern times. Although Shinto architecture, tea houses, gardens, and modern developments are discussed, the primary focus is on the development of Japanese Buddhist architecture. Recommended: some background in Japanese art, history, language, or literature. Offered: jointly with ART H 419.

Class description

Japanese Architecture: Cross-currents in Conception, Craft and Construction.

This seminar investigates the diversity of design practices in contemporary Japan through focused case studies of multiple generations ranging from master architects Antonin Raymond, Fumihiko Maki, Arata Isozaki, and Toyo Ito to a younger generation that will be featured in a 4-part lecture series at the Henry Art Gallery: Waro Kishi/K-Associates (Kyoto), Tezuka Architects (Tokyo), Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokyo), and Hitoshi Abe (Sendai).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Each of the visiting architects will discuss their extended design processes through selected case studies that will highlight multiple strategies for reading context, reinterpreting precedent, and realizing conceptual ideas through built form at multiple scales. While these architects each draw from sources and experiences from around the world realized in Japan, the seminar also will examine ways these strategies might be realized beyond the borders of Japan.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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Last Update by Ken T Oshima
Date: 02/10/2006