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Arata Isozaki, Incubation Process/Joint Core System, 1962/2011, mixed media, 48 x 95 5/8 x 13 3/4".

Arata Isozaki

Misa Shin Gallery

Arata Isozaki, Incubation Process/Joint Core System, 1962/2011, mixed media, 48 x 95 5/8 x 13 3/4".

Tokyo has recently seen a boom in architectural exhibitions at art venues, while a major newspaper featured a series of columns in which renowned Japanese architects commented on the recent and ongoing crises; their professional insights and supposed ability to materialize progressive visions of the near future seemed to give solace to those affected by the country’s experience of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophe. Arata Isozaki, best known for his design of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, may have been better prepared intellectually for this situation than most. In his 1962 essay “Incubation Process,” accompanying imaginative drawings of future cities, he writes, “Incubated cities are destined to self-destruct / Ruins are the style of our future cities / Future cities are themselves ruins.” Back then, his apocalyptic vision of urbanization stirred controversy

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