After the Crash

Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan

Thomas Daniell

     6 × 8.5 in (15.2 × 21.6 cm)
192 pages
100 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987767

In the late 1980s, Japan was awash in seemingly unlimited wealth and rising toward what would be the peak of its modern economic success, power, and influence. In 1991 the same lethal combination of risky loans, inflated stocks, and real estate speculation that created this "bubble economy" caused it to burst, plunging the country into its worst recession since World War II. New Zealand-born architect Thomas Daniell arrived in Japan at the dawn of this turbulent decade. After the Crash is an anthology of essays that draw on firsthand observations of the built environment and architectural culture that emerged from the economically sober post-bubble period of the 1990s. Daniell uses projects and installations by architects such as Atelier Bow Wow, Toyo Ito, and the metabolists to illustrate the new relationships forged, most of necessity, between architecture and society in Japan.

Tom Daniell is a practicing architect, critic, and educator who has based himself in Kyoto, Japan since the early 1990s. He was born in New Zealand, and spent time living and working in a variety of countries (Australia, the USA, the Netherlands) before settling in Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Victoria University, a Master of Engineering from Kyoto University, and is currently an invited PhD candidate at RMIT. He runs his own architecture practice, and his design work has been awarded, published, and exhibited internationally. From 1995-2005, he was a core member of the office FOBA, and he is co-author of the monograph FOBA: Buildings (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). He is currently a correspondent and editorial advisor for the Dutch publications Archis/Volume and Mark, architecture critic for the Tokyo-based Artscape website, and was previously on the editorial board of the Architectural Institute of Japan Journal. He publishes widely on themes related to contemporary art and architecture, and has participated in a number of international exhibitions, as both exhibitor and curator. He is an Associate Professor at Kyoto Seika University, a Lecturer at Kyoto University, a Visiting Fellow at the RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Lab, and a frequent guest speaker and juror at universities throughout the world.

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