Matter in the Floating World

Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers

Blaine Brownell

     7 × 9.5 in (17.8 × 24.1 cm)
256 pages
425 color illustrations
Publication date: 7/19/2011
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568989969

It seems that Japan contains a higher number of internationally significant architects and designers relative to its geographic size than anywhere else in the world. Japanese designers regularly implement radical experiments in new materials and building systems that successfully address imminent energy and resource challenges. These technological achievements are combined with an acute awareness of the ephemerality of materials as well as an engagement with the "floating world" of changing cultural behaviors and shifting societal patterns.
In Matter in the Floating World, materials guru Blaine Brownell (author of the bestselling Transmaterial series)travels to the offices of twenty leading material and design innovators in Japan, including Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, and Kazuyo Sejima, to find the connections between materiality and transience in their work. The dialogues in Matter in the Floating World are organized into four sections'lightness, atmosphere, flow, and emergence that embody various approaches to materiality and evanescence in Japanese architecture and design.

Blaine Brownell is an architect, author, educator, and former Fulbright scholar. He earned a B.A. in Architecture with a Certificate in East Asian Studies at Princeton University in 1992, and a Master in Architecture from Rice University in 1998. Brownell is considered one of the preeminent scholars of advanced materials for architecture and design.

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