September 01, 2011
"Japan: 3 Generations of Avant-Garde Architects" (video review)
Japan: 3 Generations of Avant-Garde Architects
Michael Blackwood Productions and Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Six architects from Japan share their inspiration and the ways they have influenced each other in this film on the Avant-Garde of Japan. The architects include Tokyo based Kazuo Shinohara, Itsuko Hasegawa, Toyo Ito, Fumihiko Maki, Arata Isozaki, and Osaka based Tadao Ando. While there are similarities in their designs, the differences between the architects emerge from their educational backgrounds, generational gaps and choice of materials as each architect combines aspects and mediums to create unique architectural forms. In addition, Itsuko Hasegawa presents the perspective and challenges of a female architect working with a mostly male cliental, and Tadao Ando presents his views and experience as an architect without formal training. The extraordinary works and contributions to Japanese architecture of all six are highlighted throughout the film.
Posted by rmassare at September 1, 2011 10:00 AM