After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan

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In the late 1980s, Japan was awash in seemingly unlimited wealth and rising toward what would be the peak of its modern economic success, power, and influence. In 1991 the same lethal combination of risky loans, inflated stocks, and real estate speculation that created this "bubble economy" caused it to burst, plunging the country into its worst recession since World War II. New Zealand-born architect Thomas Daniell arrived in Japan at the dawn of this turbulent decade. After the Crash is an anthology of essays that draw on firsthand observations of the built environment and architectural culture that emerged from the economically sober post-bubble period of the 1990s. Daniell uses projects and installations by architects such as Atelier Bow Wow, Toyo Ito, and the metabolists to illustrate the new relationships forged, most of necessity, between architecture and society in Japan.

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The "bubble economy," the speculation-driven frenzy of the late 1980s and early '90s that briefly inflated Japan into an apparently unstoppable economic powerhouse, cultivated a culture of excess with vast resources. The recession that followed was felt in every facet of Japanese society, including its built environment. Architect Thomas Daniell arrived in Japan at the beginning of this period in recent Japanese history, amid an extraordinary confluence of catastrophes--the collapse of the economic bubble, the devastating Kobe earthquake, the terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway system. After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan collects a broad range of Daniell's essays and articles examining the architectural culture of this uncertain and transformative era. Through a selection of representative projects--from tiny private houses to major cultural facilities, from photography to installations by well-known architects (Atelier Bow-Wow, Toyo Ito, SANAA, Arata Isozaki, Kisho Kurokawa) to designers little-known outside Japan (Terunobu Fujimori, Kazuhiro Ishii, Kazunari Sakamoto, Kazuo Shinohara)--this book traces the new relationships forged between architecture and society in Japan during the more sober economic and cultural environment that emerged in the immediate post-bubble period. Daniell takes the examination of contemporary Japanese architecture beyond the clichés and beyond Japan, providing the reader with a unique insider's perspective from an outsider's eyes and with cautionary tales for architecture in other precarious economies. After the Crash includes a foreword by renowned Japanese architect Hitoshi Abe and an afterword by American academic Ari Seligmann.

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Tom Daniell is a practicing architect, critic, and educator based in Kyoto, Japan. From 1995-2005, he was a core member of the office FOBA, and is coauthor of the 2005 monograph FOBA: Buildings.

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