skip to content
Beyond utopia : Japanese Metabolism architecture and the birth of mythopia Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Beyond utopia : Japanese Metabolism architecture and the birth of mythopia

Author: Agnes Nyilas
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Megastructure proposals by the Japanese Metabolism group are commonly identified with the concept of utopia. Beyond this partial understanding, the author suggests that rather than being merely utopian, the Megastructure of Metabolism represents a uniquely amalgam genre: the myth camouflaged as utopia. Although its Megastructure seemingly describes a desirable future condition as utopia does, it also comprises  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Agnes Nyilas
ISBN: 9781138056022 1138056022 1138056030 9781138056039
OCLC Number: 1038007309
Description: xxiv, 214 pages : illustrations, plans ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: The Formation of CIAM --
Transformation From CIAM to Team X --
Urban Theories of Team X --
pt. I The Utopia of Megastructure --
The `Myth' Camouflaged --
Introduction to Part I --
On Megastructure Approaches --
On the Metabolism Movement --
Objectives of Analysis --
Scale and Method of Analysis --
Organization of Part I --
1.Megastructure Proposals by Kiyonori Kikutake --
`Vertical Communities' --
Typology of `Vertical Communities' and the Formal Structure of Each Type --
Summary: Comparison Among the Types --
`Marine City' Projects --
Structural Mechanism of `Floating Platform' --
Analysis of `Marine City' Projects --
Interrelations Among `Marine City' Projects --
Summary: Comparison Among `Marine City' Projects --
2.Megastructure Proposals by Kenzo Tange --
MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 --
Design Concept of MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 --
Analysis of MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 Note continued: The Spatial Characteristics of MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 --
Analysis of the Supposed Ancestors of MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 --
Summary: Comparison Between MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 and Its Supposed Ancestors --
A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 --
`Civic Axis' and `Cross-Axis' --
Linear-Parallel Systems of Roads --
Administration Buildings and Residential Blocks --
Comparison to The First National Capital Region Development Plan, 1958 --
Summary: The Formal Characteristics of A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 --
3.Summary: The Design Method of the Megastructure in Metabolism --
The Characteristics of Kikutake's Megastructure --
`Vertical Communities' --
`Marine City' Projects --
Comparison Between `Vertical Communities' and `Marine City' Projects --
The Characteristics of Tange s Megastructure --
MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 --
A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 --
Comparison Between MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 and A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 Note continued: Comparison Between Kikutake's and Tange's Design Methods --
pt. II The Function of the `Myth' --
City as `Living System' --
Introduction to Part II --
Biological Analogy in Architecture --
The Theory of `Living Systems' --
`Living Architecture' Theory --
Organization of Part II --
4.Properties of `Living Systems' in Kikutake's and Tange's Megastructures --
`Vertical Communities' --
`Marine City' Projects --
MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 --
A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 --
5.Properties of `Living Systems' in Kurokawa's Megastructures --
6.Properties of `Living Systems' in Kawazoe's Discourse --
7.Summary: The Metaphor of `City as Living System' in the Megastructure of Metabolism --
pt. III The Subject Matter of the `Myth' --
Creative Tradition --
8."Overcoming Modernity" --
9.The `Tradition Debate' in Architecture --
10.The Traditional Japanese Conception of Urban Space --
11.Denouement: Reinterpretation of Tradition Through the Megastructure of Metabolism.
Responsibility: Agnes Nyilas.

Abstract:

Megastructure proposals by the Japanese Metabolism group are commonly identified with the concept of utopia. Beyond this partial understanding, the author suggests that rather than being merely utopian, the Megastructure of Metabolism represents a uniquely amalgam genre: the myth camouflaged as utopia. Although its Megastructure seemingly describes a desirable future condition as utopia does, it also comprises certain cultural images rooted in the collective (un)conscious of Japanese people, in accordance with the general interpretation of myth. The primary narrative of the book thus follows the gradual unfolding of the myth-like characteristics of its Megastructure. Myth is dealt here as an interdisciplinary subject in line with contemporary myth theories. After expounding the mechanism underlying the growing demand for a new myth in architecture (the origin of the myth), Part I discovers the formal characteristics of the Megastructure of Metabolism to give a hint of the real intention behind it. Based on this, Part II is a reexamination of their design methods, which aims to clarify the function of the myth and to suggest the meaning behind it. Finally, Part III deals with the subject matter of the myth by disclosing the meaning unfolding in the story, and suggests a new reading of Metabolism's urban theory: as an attempt to reconsider the traditional Japanese space concept.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1038007309> # Beyond utopia : Japanese Metabolism architecture and the birth of mythopia
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
    library:oclcnum "1038007309" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/architects> ; # Architects
    schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/classification/NA1555> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/metabolism_in_architecture_movement> ; # Metabolism in architecture (Movement)
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Place/japan> ; # Japan.
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/metabolism_in_architecture_movement_history> ; # Metabolism in architecture (Movement)--History
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/720.952/e23/> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/megastructures_japan_history> ; # Megastructures--Japan--History
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/megastructures> ; # Megastructures
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/architecture> ; # Architecture
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/architects_japan_history> ; # Architects--Japan--History
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/architecture_japan_history> ; # Architecture--Japan--History
    schema:author <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Person/nyilas_agnes_1973> ; # Agnes Nyilas
    schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
    schema:copyrightYear "2018" ;
    schema:datePublished "2018" ;
    schema:description "Megastructure proposals by the Japanese Metabolism group are commonly identified with the concept of utopia. Beyond this partial understanding, the author suggests that rather than being merely utopian, the Megastructure of Metabolism represents a uniquely amalgam genre: the myth camouflaged as utopia. Although its Megastructure seemingly describes a desirable future condition as utopia does, it also comprises certain cultural images rooted in the collective (un)conscious of Japanese people, in accordance with the general interpretation of myth. The primary narrative of the book thus follows the gradual unfolding of the myth-like characteristics of its Megastructure. Myth is dealt here as an interdisciplinary subject in line with contemporary myth theories. After expounding the mechanism underlying the growing demand for a new myth in architecture (the origin of the myth), Part I discovers the formal characteristics of the Megastructure of Metabolism to give a hint of the real intention behind it. Based on this, Part II is a reexamination of their design methods, which aims to clarify the function of the myth and to suggest the meaning behind it. Finally, Part III deals with the subject matter of the myth by disclosing the meaning unfolding in the story, and suggests a new reading of Metabolism's urban theory: as an attempt to reconsider the traditional Japanese space concept."@en ;
    schema:description "Machine generated contents note: The Formation of CIAM -- Transformation From CIAM to Team X -- Urban Theories of Team X -- pt. I The Utopia of Megastructure -- The `Myth' Camouflaged -- Introduction to Part I -- On Megastructure Approaches -- On the Metabolism Movement -- Objectives of Analysis -- Scale and Method of Analysis -- Organization of Part I -- 1.Megastructure Proposals by Kiyonori Kikutake -- `Vertical Communities' -- Typology of `Vertical Communities' and the Formal Structure of Each Type -- Summary: Comparison Among the Types -- `Marine City' Projects -- Structural Mechanism of `Floating Platform' -- Analysis of `Marine City' Projects -- Interrelations Among `Marine City' Projects -- Summary: Comparison Among `Marine City' Projects -- 2.Megastructure Proposals by Kenzo Tange -- MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 -- Design Concept of MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 -- Analysis of MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959"@en ;
    schema:description "Note continued: The Spatial Characteristics of MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 -- Analysis of the Supposed Ancestors of MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 -- Summary: Comparison Between MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 and Its Supposed Ancestors -- A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 -- `Civic Axis' and `Cross-Axis' -- Linear-Parallel Systems of Roads -- Administration Buildings and Residential Blocks -- Comparison to The First National Capital Region Development Plan, 1958 -- Summary: The Formal Characteristics of A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 -- 3.Summary: The Design Method of the Megastructure in Metabolism -- The Characteristics of Kikutake's Megastructure -- `Vertical Communities' -- `Marine City' Projects -- Comparison Between `Vertical Communities' and `Marine City' Projects -- The Characteristics of Tange s Megastructure -- MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 -- A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 -- Comparison Between MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 and A Plan for Tokyo, 1960"@en ;
    schema:description "Note continued: Comparison Between Kikutake's and Tange's Design Methods -- pt. II The Function of the `Myth' -- City as `Living System' -- Introduction to Part II -- Biological Analogy in Architecture -- The Theory of `Living Systems' -- `Living Architecture' Theory -- Organization of Part II -- 4.Properties of `Living Systems' in Kikutake's and Tange's Megastructures -- `Vertical Communities' -- `Marine City' Projects -- MIT Boston Harbor Project, 1959 -- A Plan for Tokyo, 1960 -- 5.Properties of `Living Systems' in Kurokawa's Megastructures -- 6.Properties of `Living Systems' in Kawazoe's Discourse -- 7.Summary: The Metaphor of `City as Living System' in the Megastructure of Metabolism -- pt. III The Subject Matter of the `Myth' -- Creative Tradition -- 8."Overcoming Modernity" -- 9.The `Tradition Debate' in Architecture -- 10.The Traditional Japanese Conception of Urban Space -- 11.Denouement: Reinterpretation of Tradition Through the Megastructure of Metabolism."@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/5205164545> ;
    schema:genre "History"@en ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:isSimilarTo <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#CreativeWork/> ;
    schema:name "Beyond utopia : Japanese Metabolism architecture and the birth of mythopia"@en ;
    schema:productID "1038007309" ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138056039> ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138056022> ;
    umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBB871919> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/1038007309> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Person/nyilas_agnes_1973> # Agnes Nyilas
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1973" ;
    schema:familyName "Nyilas" ;
    schema:givenName "Agnes" ;
    schema:name "Agnes Nyilas" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/architects_japan_history> # Architects--Japan--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Architects--Japan--History"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/architecture_japan_history> # Architecture--Japan--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Architecture--Japan--History"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/megastructures_japan_history> # Megastructures--Japan--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Megastructures--Japan--History"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/metabolism_in_architecture_movement> # Metabolism in architecture (Movement)
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Metabolism in architecture (Movement)"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#Topic/metabolism_in_architecture_movement_history> # Metabolism in architecture (Movement)--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Metabolism in architecture (Movement)--History"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/entity/work/data/5205164545#CreativeWork/>
    a schema:CreativeWork ;
    schema:description "ebook version :" ;
    schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1038007309> ; # Beyond utopia : Japanese Metabolism architecture and the birth of mythopia
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138056022>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "1138056022" ;
    schema:isbn "9781138056022" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138056039>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "1138056030" ;
    schema:isbn "9781138056039" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.