Japan's economic and population growth during the twentieth centurycreated a fertile environment for building. Combined with its commitmentto advanced technology this led to the construction of a multitude ofsignificant architectural projects. The result is a country rich incontemporary architecture that combines both Japan's stylist history andits cutting-edge technology.
Architectural historian Botond Bognar, author of New JapaneseArchitecture and Contemporary Japanese Architecture, focusesprimarily on buildings built after World War II in the latest addition toour guidebook series, The Japan Guide. Bognar presents over 260major projects (along with brief entries for 360 other buildings), arranged geographically (see the table of contents).
"The Japan Guide" contains the work of nearly 150 architects (listingof projects by architect available), featuring Takefumi Aida, TadaoAndo, Hiromi Fujii, Hiroshi Hara, Itsuko Hasegawa, Kunihiko Hayakawa, Kazuhiro Ishii, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Atsushi Kitagarawa, KishoKurokawa, Kunio Maekawa, Fumihiko Maki, Katsuo Shinohara, Seiichi Shirai, Shin Takamatsu, Minoru Takeyama, Kenzo Tange, Team Zoo and Riken Yamamoto, among others.
"The Japan Guide," like every title in our guidebook series, includeshistorical descriptions, theoretical analyses, and practical visitorinformation about each project. Travelers to Japan will find the thirtymaps to be indispensable, and the 430 drawings and photographs thatillustrate the entries make this an invaluable resource for students andarmchair travellers. Professor Bognar's Introductionprovides general advice to navigating both the book and the streets ofJapan.