New Directions in Japanese Architecture
"In the 1920's one was forced to do away with nineteenth-century tendencies, when one had to begin from scratch. Today the situation is completely different. We stand at the beginning of a new tradition. One need no longer destroy what the preceding generation accomplished, but one has to expand it according to present traditions. One has to incorporate the factor of urban change" - S. Giedion
This series focuses on significant approaches to architecture taken by contemporary architects in major nations around the world. During the present period of controversy touched off by rapid urban growth, architects are seeking to give the urban landscape visible coherence without destroying its vitality. Today's finest architectural talents continue to design individual structures, but their creative energies are increasingly drawn to the larger challenge of remolding the face of the cities.
Each volume reviews innovations in architecture which link the present with the immediate past. The authors, themselves architects, write fresh from involvement with current developments which they describe and analyze. Underlying the whole series is an attempt to grasp the ambiguous role of today's architect as he struggles to retain the best of the old order and adapt it to meet tomorrow's needs.
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