Thomas Daniell will introduce his recent book An Anatomy of Influence (AA Publications, 2018), which comprises a wealth of texts and images that together elucidate the theory and practice of 12 exceptional postwar Japanese architects (Hiromi Fujii, Terunobu Fujimori, Hiroshi Hara, Itsuko Hasegawa, Osamu Ishiyama, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, Kazuo Shinohara, Shin Takamatsu, Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama). This will be used as the basis for tracing the origins and evolution of an aesthetic sensibility and tendency in contemporary Japanese design that might be labelled “flat” or “cute” (in Japanese, kawaii). Though this sensibility has long history in Japanese visual culture, since the turn of the millennium it has become a dominant mode in the design of graphics, products, fashion, furniture, interiors, and architecture.
Thomas Daniell is Professor of Architectural Theory and Criticism at Kyoto University, Japan. He holds a B.Arch from Victoria University of Wellington, M.Eng from Kyoto University, and Ph.D from RMIT University. From 2011 until 2017, he was Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau. In 2017 he was the M+/Design Trust Research Fellow, and in 2019 he was a Research Fellow at the Canadian Center for Architecture. A two-time recipient of publication grants from the Graham Foundation, his books include FOBA: Buildings (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005), After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), Houses and Gardens of Kyoto (Tuttle, 2010; second edition 2018), Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama + Amorphe (Equal Books, 2011), Kansai 6 (Equal Books, 2011), An Anatomy of Influence (AA Publications, 2018), and The Cosmos of Sei’ichi Shirai (The MIT Press, forthcoming).
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