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Manfredo Tafuri’s Modern Architecture in Japan

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Kunio Maekawa, Kyoto Civic Center.

In this event, Mohsen Mostafavi and a group of guest panellists discuss Tafuri’s provocative and idiosyncratic text and the important moment in Japanese architecture with which it engages.

The celebrated Italian architectural historian Manfredo Tafuri (1935–1994) published L’architettura moderna in Giappone (Modern Architecture in Japan) in 1964, offering a rare outsider’s view of the Metabolist architecture of Kenzo Tange and Kunio Maekawa among others. The text has recently been made available in English for the first time in a new publication edited by Mohsen Mostafavi and featuring accompanying essays by contemporary contributors, published by MACK.


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