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Japan Architectural and Cultural Guide (Architectural Guide) Paperback – 1 Mar 2013
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About the Author
Botond Bognar is Professor and Edgar A. Tafel Endowed Chair in Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Japanese architecture and urbanism. He has lectured all over the world and has a long list of publications to his credit. Among his most recent books are Beyond the Bubble: The New Japanese Architecture (London: 2008) and Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma (New York: 2009).
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- the "Meiji University Izumi Campus building number 2", described in this book as being one of the 100 best representatives of modern architecture in Japan, yet there is no picture of it, and I couldn't easily find a picture of the building on Google either...
- the "Setagaya Art Museum" in Tokyo. Clear directions on how to get there, but no picture and no description of the building, so why is that even in the book then?
There is a QR barcode associated with each building, which is convenient in that it takes you to a map, but you require internet for this, so beware when abroad in terms of data roaming... I wish the QR code would actually take you to a webpage with pictures and more info of the building.
Finally, contrary to the previous reviewer, I found the book too heavy to carry with me, so I made photocopies of the pages of interest. Perhaps the book could use thinner paper to help with the weight, or break it down between Tokyo and the rest of Japan.
So, a good start, but I wish the editor would make the next edition far more thorough. I still give it 3 stars in terms of the quality of the information that *is* there - and definitely worth it if you want to know who made what building, but the frustration encountered throughout the book really makes it lose 2 stars.
A bloke I know is training to be an architect and he said they use this book in their training, Dom Publishers are renknowned as being academically sound and consise.
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