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- DescriptionMetabolism, the Japanese architectural avant-garde movement of the 1960s, profoundly influenced contemporary architecture and urbanism. This book focuses on the Metabolists' utopian concept of the city and investigates the design and political implications of their visionary planning in the postwar society. At the root of the group's urban utopias was a particular biotechical tion of the city as an organic process. It stood in opposition to the Modernist view of city design and led to such radical design concepts as marine civilization and artificial terrains, which embodied the metabolists' ideals of social change. Tracing the evolution of Metabolism from its inception at the 1960 World Design Conference to its spectacular swansong at the Osaka World Exposition in 1970, this book situates Metabolism in the context of Japan's mass urban reconstruction, ecomic miracle, and socio-political reorientation. This new study will interest architectural and urban historians, architects and all those interested in avant-garde design and Japanese architecture.
- Author BiographyZhongjie Lin is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
- Author(s)Zhongjie Lin
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication27/01/2010
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note154 black & white halftones
- Weight748 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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