Japanese Architecture: An Exploration Of Elements & Forms by Mira LocherJapanese Architecture: An Exploration Of Elements & Forms by Mira Locher

Japanese Architecture: An Exploration Of Elements & Forms

byMira LocherPhotographed byBen SimmonsForeword byKengo Kuma

Paperback | March 27, 2015

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Thick thatched roofs and rough mud plaster walls. An intricate carved wood transom and a precisely woven tatami mat-each element of traditional Japanese architecture tells a story.InJapanese Architecture, author Mira Locher explores how each of these stories encompasses the particular development, construction, function and symbolism inherent in historic architectural elements. From roofs, walls and floors to door pulls and kettle hangers,Japanese Architecture situates these elements firmly within the natural environment and traditional Japanese culture.Japanese architecture developed with influences from abroad and particular socio-political situations at home. The resulting forms and construction materials-soaring roofs with long eaves, heavy timber structures of stout columns supporting thick beams, mud plaster walls flecked with straw and sand and the refined paper-covered lattice shoji screen-are recognizable as being of distinctly Japanese design. Designed with strong connections to the surrounding environment, these constructed formsutilize natural construction materials in ways that are both practical and inventive.This fascinating architecture book provides a comprehensive perspective of traditional Japanese architecture, relating the historical development and context of buildings and the Japanese garden, while examining the stories of the individual architectural elements, from foundation to roof.

About The Author

Mira Locher, FAIA, is an architect and professor who works in both the US and Japan. Born in Pennsylvania, she studied architecture and urbanism at Smith College and received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for Team Zoo Atelier Mobile in Japan for seven years before setting up an archit...

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Title:Japanese Architecture: An Exploration Of Elements & FormsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10 × 9 × 0.66 inPublished:March 27, 2015Publisher:Tuttle PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:4805313285

ISBN - 13:9784805313282

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Mira Locher makes the observation that tradition only exists as an idea when it is challenged or superseded by the new. In her first-rate resource book on traditional design you will learn a great deal about construction methods, in which the use of natural materials encouraged a responsible attitude toward conservation." -The Japan Times"It describes architectural components thoroughly, exactingly, and lovinglyuidentifying them all with Japanese terms. Overall, this is a delightful book of photographs and a useful... guide for Japanophile architects and designers." -Choice magazine"Designers, architects, artists, and anyone with a love of Japanese traditional culture will enjoy this book." -Library Journal"Wider-ranging than most and packed with extensive discussions,Japanese Architecture is a satisfying introductory survey for any who would understand the unique style, function and approach of Japanese design." -Midwest Book Review"