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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (10 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156898779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568987798
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Botond Bognar is the author of numerous books on contemporary Japanese architecture, including Kengo Kuma: Selected Works. He is currently a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By awendas on 13 Oct. 2011
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In this book, you may not see as many buildings by Kenzo Kuma but rather, surfaces, screens and details (not in drawing form though) which is one of the many thing mr. Kuma does. His work is also characteristic of the quality of architecture in Japan as a whole. The production of the book and the photography are tops. However, if you want to see just buildings by Kenzo Kuma, this is not it, but not let this be a drawback.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Waruna Gomis on 9 Oct. 2010
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The book is value for money, but my expectations reduced the joy of it being something more. Kuma's buildings are about excellent details as well as the ambiance of the spaces he creates. He is one of my Favorite architects.
In this edition I was expecting close-ups of his architectural details. But definitely worth the price, its got some new and nice projects.
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Continues to Erase Architecture 16 Sept. 2010
By Joong Won Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, published by Princeton Architectural Press (PAP), is a companion to the
earlier edition on Kengo Kuma by PAP. Earlier book surprised the readers how Kuma
could redefine materials. The key term that Kuma used in his earlier essay was "Erase Architecture"

In Water/Glass (1995) project, he wanted to pull the surface of ocean closer to his house than nearby
Bruno Taut's house. He used reflecting pond as his site boundary and absolutely minimized exterior
wall into glass, making the viewer's perception to regard edge of the pond as a continuation of ocean.

In Stone Museum (2000) project, he experimented with the stone. The attempt was to make heavy and
self-assertive stone to appear light and multivalent. The stone was cut less than 1 inch thick and
5 feet long, more or less like wood louvers, and put side by side each other seamlessly. This somewhat
antithetical wall (to the existing load-bearing masonry wall) shed new light on how stone wall could
dissolve into the atmosphere.

Kuma's im-materialization continues in this book. His Lotus House (2005) shocked readership in the USA
when it first appeared in the Architectural Record. Checkerboard-patterned travertine was literally
hanging on an extremely thin stainless steel wire. It swayed by the breeze and cast incredible shadow by the light.
Kuma minces stone, shatters light, and grinds breeze.

This new publication, supported by Botond Bognar's essay, provides many recent projects of Kuma. Kuma is
also a prolific writer. His recent books, "Defeated Architecture" (2004) and "Kengo Kuma: A Natural Architecture"
(2008, this one should be really translated into English), are well melted into the new book.
book editor botched the photo layout 28 July 2014
By NiQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
love the essay by kengo kuma where he admits that after losing design contests, he had to modify his concept of erasing architecture. This is due to clients wanting showpieces to justify expenditure. Great to see him accept this. Although i still prefer his concept of erasing architecture personally, kengo kuma is still doing amazing work.

Brad Cloepfil is basically recycling kengo's style.

However mr bognar book does not do justice to the power of Mr. Kuma's work. This is due to fault of the editor who cramps a lot of the pictures & the work becomes less powerful. Would recommend other books that showcase KK's work w/ better photos.
Great Dissection of the Use of Materials 27 May 2011
By Meyvin Puspita - Published on Amazon.com
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Kengo Kuma has been focussing a lot in the materials and little details, and this book is quite perfect for details of his own discoveries and attempts to re-discover materials, use them differently and all. Really good images, close-ups and also whole projects. Overall, very much satisfied.
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the most amazing architect! 11 Dec. 2009
By Lillian Z - Published on Amazon.com
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kengo is one of my favorite architect, his choice of material is amazing, you won't think about those things before.
it is really a helpful book to the architecture students!
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