Open Architecture for the People: Housing Development in Post-War Japan, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Open Architecture for the People

Housing Development in Post-War Japan, 1st Edition

By Shuichi Matsumura


200 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-08-15
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Open Architecture for the People explores Japanese architecture and the three different phases of development between the years 1950 and 2018.

Changing ways of life through differing generations have caused fluctuations in the building industry. This book demonstrates how each generations’ expectations have resulted in discernible eras in architecture which can be examined collectively as well as in isolation. For example, the sudden increase in productivity from 1950 brought about by the Industrial Revolution flowed to the production of buildings and homes and designs were influenced by modern ideas.

With over 30 black and white images to illustrate the changes, Matsumura brings to light architectural developments that have previously been confined to Japanese speaking academics. In doing so, the book broadens the scope for further architectural examinations internationally. It would be ideal for academics, students and professionals within the areas of architecture and urban planning, particularly those with an interest in Japanese architecture.


Too little attention has been paid in English language publications to contemporary developments in Japanese architecture and built environment, aside from the "starchitects" or the embattled vernacular traditions. Yet inside Japan, a lively discourse is ongoing into much deeper transformations of Japanese architecture. At a time of depopulation and resource limits, coupled with a deep cultural reverence for traditional social structures, Japanese architectural production is subtly but inexorably changing. This book makes a significant contribution to understanding these transformations.

Stephen Kendall, PhD (MIT’90 – Design Theory and Methods), Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, Co-Director, Council on Open Building

Table of Contents




Chapter 1:

The Initiatives of the Government and the Industry - 1950-1973

Chapter 2:

An Initiative to Pay Attention to People - 1973-1986

Chapter 3:

The Inclusion of Customers Organized by the Industry from 1986 to 2000

Chapter 4:

Connecting with Ways of Life Can Give the Initiative to the People in the 21st century

Chapter 5:

The development of the third phase of open architecture

Chapter 6:

Open Architecture Ahead - to Play with Vacant Buildings-


About the Author

Shuichi Matsumura is a project professor in the Department of Architecture, at the University of Tokyo.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial