Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996–2006

Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006

Exhibition Catalogue Issued

Parallel Nippon

An exhibition catalogue of "Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006" has been published as a spring edition of The Japan Architect, a quarterly magazine in English and Japanese.

Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006 Japan Architect, Sprig issue, vol. 65, 2007 (Tokyo: Shinkenchiku-sha)

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The Japan Foundation is hosting the exhibition Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996–2006 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Shabi).

Parallel Nippon focuses on 110 representative architectural specimens selected from among buildings constructed primarily in Japan in the 10 years from 1996 to 2006, presenting them against the backdrop of Japan’s sociocultural environment. With visual aids, such as photographs and video footages, and three-dimensional models, it retraces how Japan’s architectural scene has answered with fine-tuned designs to the demands of the age amid the transition from the period of the Japanese speculative bubble to the post-bubble period. The exhibit is built around the idea of contrast: expanding metropolises versus local communities plagued by declining birthrates, grand cultural facilities with an international focus versus small but sensitive community facilities for local children or for the local elderly, and so forth.
After Tokyo, the exhibition will be reorganized and will tour other countries for the next 10 years.

  • Photo of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

    21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
    Designed by Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates
    Photo by SANAA

  • Photo of The Gallary of Horyuji Tresures at the Tokyo National Museum

    The Gallary of Horyuji Tresures at the Tokyo National Museum
    Designed by Yoshio Taniguchi
    Photo by Toshiharu Kitajima

  • Photo of Sendai Mediatheque

    Sendai Mediatheque
    Designed by Toyoo Ito
    Photo by NAKASA & PARTNERS INC.

  • Photo of Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library

    Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
    Designed by Fumio Toki Associates
    Photo by Satoru Mishima of Nikkei Business Publishing, Inc.


  • Photo of Prada Boutique Aoyama

    Prada Boutique Aoyama
    Designed by Herzog & de Meuron associated with Takenaka Corporation Design Section
    Photo by Nakasa & Partners Inc

  • Photo of Maison Hermes

    Maison Hermès
    Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Rena Duma, and Michio Jinushi of Takenaka Corporation Design Section
    Photo by Japan-Architect of Shinkenchiku-sha


Outline
Duration: Saturday October 21 to Sunday, December 3, 2006
Venue:
Organized by: The Japan Foundation, Architectural Institute of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo Shimbun
Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

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