Toyo Ito Force of Nature

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The work of Japanese architect Toyo Ito explores the
dynamic relationship between buildings and their
environments. His principal focus is on developing an
architecture free of the grid system, which he believes
homogenizes people and their lives. Toyo Ito: Force of
Nature
documents the architect’s 2009 Kassler lecture
at Princeton University School of Architecture.

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The work of Japanese architect Toyo Ito explores the dynamic relationship between buildings and their environments. His principal focus is on developing an architecture free of the grid system, which he believes homogenizes people and their lives. Toyo Ito: Force of Nature documents the architect’s 2009 Kassler lecture at Princeton University School of Architecture. Told primarily in Ito’s own voice, the book features the edited lecture transcript, as well as an interview with the architect by Julian Worrall and a new translation of Ito’s 1980 essay “The Projection of the ‘Profane’ World onto the ‘Sacred.’” Bringing together different strands of a long and fruitful career, the book concludes with an afterword by Ito that addresses the exhibition Home for All, a response to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disasters in March 2011.

• Bookends Ito’s work by examining his very early experimental projects and his most recent buildings
• Projects illustrated in the publication include: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (unbuilt), Taichung Opera House, Tama Art University Library, and Kakamigahara Crematorium
• One of the central members of the Metabolist group in the 1960s, Ito received the RIBA Gold Metal in 2006

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