Japanese visual culture has been characterised with the labels “depthless” and “superflat”, suggesting a sensitivity to two-dimensional constructs such as shape and figure.  How might this sensibility translate to the spatial world of architecture?  Via an updated deployment of patterns and layers, suggests a new book that assembles research from the lab of Kengo Kuma at Architecture Department of the University of Tokyo.  Entitled “Patterns and Layering – Japanese Spatial Culture, Nature and Architecture”, and edited by two Italian researchers at Kuma lab Salvator-John Liotta and Matteo Belfiore, the book brings together essays, analyses, and design demonstrations exploring the potential of these concepts in developing a fresh approach to architectural space-making, yet one resonant with key elements of the Japanese tradition.

The book will be launched at the University of Tokyo on Sunday November 18, 2012, with a presentation by the authors, and a panel discussion led by Darko Radovic (Keio University); Julian Worrall (LLLABO, Waseda University); Matteo Dario Paolucci (Hosei University); and Jorge Almazan (Keio University). Kengo Kuma will give concluding remarks.

Book Launch: Patterns and Layering – Japanese Spatial Culture, Nature and Architecture

  • Date: Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • Time: 17:00-20:00
  • Location: The University of Tokyo, Bldg. 1, Room 15 (conference hall) 東京都文京区本郷7-3-1工学部1号館15室/東京大学工学系研究科建築学専攻

Further details can be found at the publisher’s website here.