By Zhongjie Lin

Metabolism, the japanese architectural avant-garde move of the Nineteen Sixties, profoundly prompted modern structure and urbanism. This ebook makes a speciality of the Metabolists’ utopian thought of town and investigates the layout and political implications in their visionary making plans within the postwar society. on the root of the group’s city utopias used to be a specific biotechical proposal of town as an natural technique. It stood towards the Modernist view of urban layout and ended in such radical layout ideas as marine civilization and synthetic terrains, which embodied the metabolists’ beliefs of social switch.


Tracing the evolution of Metabolism from its inception on the 1960 international layout convention to its surprising swansong on the Osaka international Exposition in 1970, this booklet situates Metabolism within the context of Japan’s mass city reconstruction, fiscal miracle, and socio-political reorientation. This new research will curiosity architectural and concrete historians, architects and all these attracted to avant-garde layout and eastern architecture.

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