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JA 117, Spring 2020 Kunio Maekawa

JA 117, Spring 2020

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English + Japanese / 184 Pages / 226 x 297 mm / 680 g

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Issue 117 of JA features Kunio Maekawa (1905-1986). Kunio Maekawa closely intertwined both modernism and Japanese-ness in his architecture, and worked to establish the identity of Japanese architecture in the context of modernism. Based on the ideas of the Belgian architect and guest editor Hera Van Sande, this issue approaches Kunio Maekawa’s work from the following four aspects. First, the influence of Le Corbusier’s ideas on Maekawa in terms of modernism. Secondly, the sublimating of the spatial characteristics inherent in traditional Japanese architecture into Maekawa’s own architecture. Thirdly, Maekawa’s advocating of the transcendence of modernism and localism. Finally, the liberating design approach that Maekawa arrived at, which creates a natural and peaceful space. These are introduced through four essays by Van Sande, who has written extensively on the subject, a conversation with Hiroshi Matsukuma, and 22 of Maekawa’s architecture projects.

With regard to Kunio Maekawa
Hera Van Sande

Meaning of Maekawa's work
Hiroshi Matsukuma, Hera Van Sande

Importance of Le Corbusier
Hera Van Sande

Kimura Industrial Laboratory
Morinaga Candy Store Ginza Shop (Remodeling)
Moriya House
Maekawa Residence
PREMOS: Prefabricated Housing
Kinokuniya Bookstore

Kunio Maekawa in pursuit of a proper Japanese identity
– space as main generator

Hera Van Sande, Yves Schoonjans

Kanagawa Prefectural Library and Music Hall
MID Building
The International House of Japan
Fukushima Education Center
Harumi Apartments

Reaching a synthesis in the Japanese pavilion
Expo '58 Brussels

Hera Van Sande

Japanese Pavilion Expo '58 Burssels
Kyoto Hall
Tokyo Metoropolitan Festival Hall
Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center
Kinokuniya Building
Janome Sewing Machine Building

Towards a liberated design approach
Hera Van Sande

Saitama Prefectural Museum
Tokio Marine Building
Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art
National Museum of Western Art New Wing
Hirosaki Municipal Crematorium

The Death of Public Architecture:
– A Requiem for Kunio Maekawa

Toyo Ito (Reprint from Jutaku Kenchiku, September 1986)