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Learning from the Japanese City West Meets East in Urban Design

by Barrie Shelton

  • ISBN: 9780419223504
  • ISBN10: 0419223509

Learning from the Japanese City West Meets East in Urban Design

by Barrie Shelton

  • List Price: $110.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish date: 07/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780419223504
  • ISBN10: 0419223509
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Description: Unlike the serene Buddhist gardens and Meiji-era temples of old world Japan, the country's modern architecture and urban planning on first look, appear monotonously gray or aggressively gaudy. This book shows how an appreciation of Japan's cities is often at odds with Western thought and culture.

Learning from the Japanese City explores how Westerners tend to think of the city as a network of linear spaces, such as formed streets, while the Japanese see it as more of a patchwork of areas. Barrie Shelton suggests that this contrast in urban planning extends to other areas of cultural expression, including, most fundamentally, the written language. The book shows how an embrace of fracture, transformation and non-linear qualities, that appear chaotic, emerge as a potential source of learning and inspiration for Western architects and planners.

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