Toyo Ito by Toyo Ito, Riken Yamamoto, Dana Buntrock, Taro Igar
Arts & Photography | Architecture
Toyo Ito, Riken Yamamoto, Dana Buntrock, Taro Igar
Phaidon Press Inc.; 1st edition (October 13, 2008)
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Before Sendai, Ito's work emphasized structural lightness and transparency, and what he saw as the ever-changing 'non-context' of Japanese cities. But though Ito's designs still show these early influences, after the Sendai Mediatheque he began to leave behind what he increasingly saw as the boring and inappropriate boxes favored by modernism. Ito moved toward a light, sensuous, and often organic architecture that engages with the cities around it and the people who inhabit it.
These ideas are exemplified in this unique monograph, in which Toyo Ito presents a selection of his projects, all extensively illustrated with photos, diagrams, drawings, and computer realizations. Each of the book's projects and thematic sections is introduced with a short essay by Ito.