1st Edition

The Urbanism of Metabolism
Visions, Scenarios and Models for the Mutant City of Tomorrow

Edited By

Raffaele Pernice

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ISBN 9781032030739
March 17, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 97 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited book explores and promotes reflection on how the lessons of Metabolism experience can inform current debate on city making and future practice in architectural design and urban planning. Sixty years on from when the Metabolist manifesto was published, the author’s original contributions highlight the persistent links between present and past that can help to re-imagine new urban futures as well as the design of innovative intra-urban relationships and spaces.

The essays are written by experienced scholars and renowned academics from Japan, Australia, Europe, South Korea and the US and expose Metabolism’s special merits in promoting new urban models and evaluate the current legacy of its architectural projects and urban design lessons. They offer a critical, intellectual, and up-to-date account of the Metabolism projects and ideas in the context of current evolution of architectural and urbanism discourse in a global context.

Table of Contents

Foreword - The Logic of Metabolism Toyo Ito

Introduction Raffaele Pernice

1. Bringing Metabolism Back from Behind the Curtain of Oblivion Hajime Yatsuka

2. The Aesthetics and/or Formalism of Change: Paradoxes and Contradictions in the Metabolist Movement Botond Bognar

3. Engineering a Poetic Techno-Urbanism: The Metabolists’ Visionary City in Postwar Japan Raffaele Pernice

4. The Metabolists in Context Jon Lang

5. Metabolist Architecture as Infrastructure of Care Peter Šenk

6. "Sunday Carpenter" Metabolism: Artificial-Land Housing and Resident Decision-Making Casey Mack

7. Maki and Dutch Team X: Step Towards Group Form Kiwa Matsushita

8. Kikutake Kiyonori circa 2011: Sustaining Life through Metabolism Ken Tadashi Oshima

9. Metabolism as Survival Architecture Hyunjung Cho

10. Matabolism Adventure: a Personal View Philip Drew

11. This is Your City: The Pop Future Foretold by Metabolism Yasutaka Tsuji

12. Spaceship Earth: Metabolist Capsules, Petro-Economy, and Geoengineering Yuriko Furuhata

13. An Eternal Return? Considering the Temporality and Historicity of Metabolism Julian Worrall

Afterword Gevork Hartoonian



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Raffaele Pernice is an Italian architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He received a PhD in Architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo and a M.Arch from the University IUAV of Venice in Italy. Dr. Pernice has extensive research and teaching experience in Australia, East Asia and the Middle East, and his interests and activities lay at the nexus of architecture and urbanism, ranging from design practice through to the theory and history of architecture and city planning, with a focus on the evolution of the cities of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. He has been recipient of scholarships and grants from universities and national and international institutions, such as the MEXT (the Japanese Ministry of Education), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.