Kyokai: A Japanese Technique For Articulating Space
Just as we use language to parse reality to make it more easily apprehensible, we employ boundaries-parsings of space- and conventional signs in order to give comprehensible form to the space around us. As an inevitable result of this process, the space other than that around us is assigned an identity as the amorphous “outside”. People have frequently tried to keep the outside, the chaos, at bay by building high walls and impregnable boundaries. They categorized the world according to the dualism of inside and outside. Richly illustrated with meditative photography of traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, this book is concerned with articulating boundaries, and space. Historic and modern Japanese techniques for defining space are profiled, from home design through natural landscaping to the ceremonial spaces of tearoom and temple. An elegant study of Japanese architectural art, with its emphasis on nature and fluidity, the book includes contributions by Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, and Junya Ishigami.