Forces of Nature
Publication date 9/19/2012
5.5 x 8 inches (14.0 x 20.3 cm), Paperback
144 pages, 50 color illustrations, 25 b/w illustrations
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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: Forces of Nature documents the architect's 2009 Kassler lecture at the 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. Projects illustrated in the book include: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (unbuilt), Taichung Opera House, Tama Art University Library, and Kakamigahara Crematorium. Bringing together different strands of a long and fruitful career, Toyo Ito: Forces of Nature 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.
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Toyo Ito wins the Pritzker Prize, The New York Times:
"In his book Toyo Ito: Forces of Nature, edited by Jessie Turnbull and published last year by Princeton Architectural Press, Mr. Ito writes, 'An architect is someone who can make such places for meager meals show a little more humanity, make them a little more beautiful, a little more comfortable.'"
Exploring the Divergent Architecture of 2013 Pritzker Prize Winner Toyo Ito, Wired.com:
"'The Sendai Mediatheque was the building that cemented Ito's international reputation,' says Jessie Turnbull, editor of Toyo Ito: Forces of Nature. 'The building is a contemporary interpretation of a library, with an innovative structural system designed in collaboration with the engineer Sasaki.'"
"In the end, this thoughtful treatise on Toyo Ito provides for both the erudite scholar and newcomer to the architect's worka rich yet compact monograph of the equally modest Japanese architect's career, and provides all good reason as to why he is this year's recipient of architecture's highest honor."
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