21st Century Tokyo: A Guide to Contemporary Architecture

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Tokyo has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking cities in the world, and nowhere is this more evident than in its modern architecture. Authors and architects Julian Worrall and Erez Golani Solomon, longtime residents of the city, have selected 83 outstanding examples of contemporary architecture, and introduce them, not just from an architectural perspective, but as part of the social, cultural, and political tapestry of the city. In addition to the monumental masterpieces of famous architects, "generic" buildings—from office blocks and convenience stores, to high-rise apartment towers — are also sprinkled throughout the book, creating a full and fascinating overview of the architectural landscape of the city.

Each of the book’s seven chapters covers a different geographical district of Tokyo; and each building is accompanied by a selection of stunning black-and-white photographs. Written in an accessible, conversational style, and including maps and access information for each building, this book will appeal to the layman as well as to the professional architect, the visitor to Tokyo as well as to the armchair traveler.

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About the Author:

JULIAN WORRALL is a licensed architect, architectural and urban historian, and a widely published critic. He is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo. He writes regularly on architecture for a variety of publications.
EREZ GOLANI SOLOMON holds a Ph. D. in architecture from the University of Tokyo. He teaches urban theory and architectural design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and at Waseda University.
Photographer JOSHUA LIEBERMAN's assignments have taken him to Dubai, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, with commissions ranging from architectural magazine editorials to luxury hotel advertising campaigns.

Review:

"An essential guide for everyone who wants to see this city through fresh eyes."-- Adrian Favell, ART-iT magazine

"A fine introduction to one of the world's most glorious cityscapes."
--Wallpaper* magazine

"The ultimate guide to the best of Tokyo's buildings erected after 1990."
--David W. Marx, CNNGo

"Beautiful... a lively guide to new buildings in the capital for visitors."
--Icon magazine

"One of our favorite books of 2010." --Stephen Mansfield, Books Page, The Japan Times

"A concise yet provocative overview... carefully researched, finely detailed, and affectionate toward its subject."
(Architectural Record)

"Places a megalopolis under scrutiny to capture an era in an A5-sized format. Definitive and nimble."
(Architecture Australia)

"Makes Tokyo tantalizingly visceral and appealing. Inspirational for anyone that is interested in 21st century Asia and its new guiding lights."
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