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Arts 2017, 6(3), 10; doi:10.3390/arts6030010

Reappraising the Visionary Work of Arata Isozaki: Six Decades and Four Phases

Cluster for Sustainable Cities, Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 2UP, UK
Academic Editor: Marco Sosa
Received: 20 May 2017 / Revised: 21 June 2017 / Accepted: 29 June 2017 / Published: 7 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Applied Arts)
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This article analyses the work and presents a portrait of Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. His designs and buildings span six decades and it is suggested that these can be categorised into four distinctively different phases. As a former collaborator of Isozaki during the 1990s, the author is able to draw from first-hand observations and knowledge to explain relevant projects. As the discussion points out, Isozaki’s work is highly unusual, original, complex and personal in its absorption of a multitude of influences and its interdisciplinary approach; thus, one could say that he has created ideas and concepts for spaces that defy characterisation as belonging to any single school of thought. View Full-Text
Keywords: Japanese architecture; Arata Isozaki; museums and libraries; post-war Tokyo; Post-modernism; Kenzo Tange; Metabolism; composition in urban design; artistic influences Japanese architecture; Arata Isozaki; museums and libraries; post-war Tokyo; Post-modernism; Kenzo Tange; Metabolism; composition in urban design; artistic influences
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Lehmann, S. Reappraising the Visionary Work of Arata Isozaki: Six Decades and Four Phases. Arts 2017, 6, 10.

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