Architecture in Japan: Tracing its DNA
This Library display, curated by Haba Yoshitaka, traces the ancestry of architecture in Japan across the ages, showing how its DNA has been passed down into the modern era and inherited by the contemporary period. It is now finding expression via the architects of the 21st century, a selection of whose work is also highlighted in the display.
Architecture always forms part of a society. No style of architecture can be described without reference to the period, area and society in which it arose. Architectural traditions in Japan have been passed down from generation to generation while being shaped by the particular qualities of Japan’s environment. Rapid social changes in the post-war period have seen Japanese architecture metamorphose, diversify, and make a significant impact internationally.
Some of the books are available in Japanese language only, however, they are filled with a variety of striking images that can be understood universally.
About the Book Curator
Haba Yoshitaka is a Book Director and representative of BACH, as well as an associate lecturer at Waseda University and Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. In order to create opportunities for people to have greater access to books and come across unknown books, Haba produces shop floors, library displays and reading areas that connect book stores and different industries.
His recent works include Wacoal Study Hall Kyoto (a venue that comprises a school, library, gallery and co-working space), ISETAN The Japan Store Kuala Lumpur and Japan House São Paulo. Haba is a book connoisseur, his love of books goes beyond book curation to include writing and editing.