PARALLEL NIPPON: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996 – 2006

On your way, listen to Meiji at 150 Podcast Episode 75 with Dr. Jonathan Reynolds (Barnard College, Columbia University) for background!

In this episode, Dr. Reynolds reinforces the Meiji foundations of modern Japanese national architectural as mix of Western and traditional forms. We discuss the Meiji origins of institutions of architectural practice including architectural training programs, the mixing of Western and Japanese traditional forms in the training curricula, and the Pan-Asian and hybrid style of Itō Chūta. We then fast forward to the postwar period to talk about continuities between prewar and postwar architecture, the importance of Japanese forms and architects in the global development of Modernist architecture, the National Diet Building and the aesthetics of Tokyo architecture, concluding with the politics of architectural preservation and restoration today. Click here to listen.