‘The quiet accumulation of urban elements rooted in daily life’
May 6, 2018 12:56 PM Subscribe
Dan Hill, whose blog City of Sound was last linked here more than decade ago, writes about his visit to two houses in Tokyo: Moriyama House, in Kamata, and House NA in Koenji. Both are remarkable in and of themselves: the former comprising several small blocks with green space woven between; the latter a stack of glass cubes. But they also prompt Hill to muse on, among other things, the peculiarities of living in Japan compared to standards in the west – from the nuances of ‘public’ and ‘private’ space to the ephemeral nature of the buildings themselves, when “the typical life expectancy of a Tokyo building is 26 years”.
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