Bruno Taut (4 May 1880 – 24 Dec 1938) was a prolific German architect who has written three influential book-length appreciations of Japanese culture and architecture. “West of Japan / East of Europe“, a collaboration between Architect Marcos Capitanio and photographer Dave Clough, is devoted to exhibiting the only existing project that Bruno Taut realized during his three-year stay in Japan, Hyuga Villa (Kyu Hyuga Bettei) in Atami, built in 1936. Both exhibition and exhibit hallmarks a sincere cross-cultural exchange achieved through the deep ponderings of spatial proportions, sentiments and materiality!
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The House of Nebuta
BY FRANK LA RIVIERE
@ VOL 105
ON JUL 31, 2013
Frank la Rivière introduces us to the Nebuta Festival as well as a successful collaborative effort to create The Nebuta House Museum in Aomori city, Japan. He breaks down the collaboration step by step from general planning to the architectural concepts that created a magical space in which the Nebuta can dwell. (In Japanese)
Baseball's East and West
BY MATT SCHLEY
@ VOL 108
ON NOV 06, 2013
Matt Schley, a baseball fan, talks about the differences between Japanese baseball and American baseball. The rules are mostly the same, but the culture is different. This includes things like sacrificial bunting and cute beer-selling girls. He also talks about some of the unique characteristics of several stadiums in Japan.
BY MARTIN VAN DER LINDEN
@ VOL 119
ON NOV 26, 2014
Tokyo-based architect Martin van der Linden (van der Architects) takes us on a tour of one of his latest projects, the Orandajima House, an after-school facility and community centre in Yamada-machi, a small town on the cost of Northern Japan that was almost completely destroyed after the tsunami of March 2011.
Japanese Cinema through the Eyes of Europe
BY HIROMI AIHARA
@ JAPANESE ART OR ART IN JAPAN?
ON FEB 19, 2015
Hiromi Aihara and Yuri Kubota talk about how Japanese movies are appreciated in Europe. They also speak about the many European movie Awards given to the films in Japan. Yuri Kubota then explores the development of future Japanese animated films.
Shadows and Light - Architecture, Abroad in Japan
BY WOODBURY UNIVERSITY
@ VOL 125
ON MAY 28, 2015
In referring to Japan's intrinsically and simultaneously traditional and futuristic duality, Woodbury University architecture students on a Japan study away trip ask, "are the shrines and neon places separate from each other?"
They draw attention to architectural examples they discovered in their time in various Japan cities that highlight the focus of their studies, shadows and light.
Come and find the correlations with them!