Between 2006 and 2008, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa taught at the School of Architecture at Princeton. The SANAA Studios explored Japan's contemporary society as a context for architecture and considered its particular perspective on space, personal and public space. Design studies were situated within the specific demographics and social variables of three distinct sites in Japan. As an overall thematic it asks: What can we learn from SANAA? It tries to frame SANAA's compassionate search for new architectures within a larger societal context. It combines analyses, essays, documentation and design proposals within one book. Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan has revisited the three sites in Japan to capture the spirit of its context and the SANAA buildings in use.