GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2008 - HIS-04346-00
04346: Visions of the Japanese House (HIS 0434600)
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday Friday 1:00 - 4:00 Gund Hall
Ken Tadashi Oshima
This course has an irregular schedule. See below.
Visions of the Japanese House
Limited enrollment Lecture, Non-Western
Ken Tadashi Oshima, Ph.D.
This seminar explores the origins, derivations, and permutations of the "Japanese House." Throughout the 20th century, architects from Frank Lloyd Wright to the California Case Study architects found resonance in the ideal of the Japanese house. The Museum of Modern Art in fact acknowledged this affinity from 1954-55 through the construction of a 17th century traditional Japanese house in their sculpture garden. However, the "Japanese House" itself has constantly transformed, both inside and outside of Japan through the efforts of architects around the world. This course will outline underlying principles and paradigms of Japanese domesticity and then trace their evolution through aspects ranging from the house's expression in media to its constructional materiality.
Please note that the class will meet alternate weeks beginning September 24.
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