For a group of apprentice architects, artists, and designers, led by a visionary, the dire situation of their country was not an obstacle but an inspiration to plan and think Then newspapers, magazines, and TV turned the architects into heroes: thinkers and doers, thoroughly modern men… Through sheer hard work, discipline, and the integration of all forms of creativity, their country, Japan, became a shining example Project Japan features hundreds of never-before-seen images—master plans from Manchuria to Tokyo, intimate snapshots of the Metabolists at work and play, architectural models, magazine excerpts, and astonishing sci-fi urban visions—telling the 20th-century history of Japan through its architecture. Having worked as a journalist and scriptwriter before becoming an architect, in he published Delirious New York.
Its actions intersect with a huge range of unrelated domains; at the same time — its essence to build — is so complex, that it requires extreme focus and concentration. Kenzo Tange was both. Tange died in , the very year we began our interviews, and had withdrawn from public life almost a decade earlier. Like Tokyo, a mass surrounding a central void, this mass of conversation is constructed in his absence. But it is a book about him. Without Tange, no Metabolism. Hans Ulrich Obrist: With Metabolism, it was a joint manifesto, or rather, a polyphony of voices.