‘The Work of Kisho Kurokawa’

Bijitshu Shuppan Sha, Tokyo, 1970
W27 x H37 cm

‘Capsule, metabolism, spaceframe, metamorphose by Kisho Kurokawa’ was published by Bijitshu Shopansha,  Tokyo, in 1970, the same year as Expo 70 in Osaka.

Primarily a visual  scrapbook with a mix of Western Victorian-style graphics with  traditional Japanese imagery and text, the book consists of images that  show the construction of the pavilions at the Expo, as well as drawings  and photographs of models that illustrate the use of prefabricated parts  and a space frame.

The book came with a  large folded poster  as well as a  vinyl record  entitled ‘Music for living space’ .

As well as documenting the pavilions at Expo 70, the book includes some of Kurokawa s earlier work such as designs for flats and other housing,  the Seattle Civic Center Fountain competition of 1961, office  buildings, town planning schemes and hotels. As the elements of  architecture are related to the human body, they are also interlinked  with the biological concept, the idea that architecture and cities can  behave like living organisms. Kisho Kurokawa was one of the founders of  the Japanese Metabolist Movement in 1960. Metabolism expressed the idea  that the city is an organism with different areas of growth, so  architecture had to change and be flexible.” 

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