on 8 January 2012
This is an excellent book - an incredibly well researched and indepth analysis of Metabolism. It is refreshingly full of plans, diagrams, photos and archive material (all clearly laid out). There is also an enjoyable commentary from Rem Koolhaas alongside the interviews (including a very personal and heartfelt review of Kisho Kurokawa by Charles Jecks) - I thoroughly recommend this.
on 3 March 2012
Tells the fantastic story of the "last avant-garde in architecture", the deeply influential Japanese metabolism group through a series of interviews putting the movement into context. The interviews are done mostly by Koolhaas and Obrist.
Supplemented with pictures of the relevant projects, it tells the grand story of metabolism in and excellent and interesting way.
Sometimes, you wish for more facts about specific projects. There are also some shortcomings in graphical design i.e. hard to read texts due to color and placement close to the spine. This and cheap paper stops it from being a five.
However, it is an absolute must for anyone interested in Japanese architecture.
on 20 November 2012
Shipped to Spain, faster than expected. The book is a bit too specific and literal (mostly interviews) but as always, Koolhaas texts are sharp and revealing. Anyway, the subject itself and the selected projects are interesting enough, although they're not really analyzed but shown as the architectural context of the designers who are interviewed.