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“New Public Architecture: Recent Projects by Fumihiko Maki and Arata Isozaki”

Japan House

Fumihiko Maki and Arata Isozaki are unquestionably the two major internationally recognized Japanese architects to emerge in the last ten years. They were paired in this exhibition because of the significance of their work, and because of their contrasting intentions in mediating a course between the weight of tradition and the promise of technology Each architect’s work was represented by three major projects—an art museum, a sports complex, and a mixed-use facility; for each architect one building was completed, one was a project under construction, and one a project in design development and refinement. The exhibition was designed and installed as a discourse on ideologies, sources,design processes, and the relationship of craft and technology. Most persuasively conveyed was the idea that tradition and innovation are not combative adversaries; in both Maki’s and Isozaki’s work, they

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