Personal Awarness of Architecture in the City

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Through a condition awareness, the repeating actualities of daily life in the city provide images for my architecture. The following are the characteristics of that awareness
1. Collage. Our image of the city is a highly fragmented assembly of phenomena and experience lacking continu it y and a mutual context among the pieces. The image itself is a pattern produced by the inevitably subjective system of collage.
2. Homogeniety. The majority of the domestic urbanscape in Japan consists in an anonymous collection of co,orless mortar walls and colored steel-sheet roofing. Office districts consist of vertical and horizontal extensions of homogenous grids. To correspond with the colorlessness in both kinds of urbanscape, urban life itself is flat and monotonous.
3. Graphics. Gradually, the visual element in the city becomes overwhelming, and elements of smell and physical texture vanish. For instance, though brick is becoming increasingly popular in Japanese urban buildings, it takes the form of a membrane that does no more than project the sentimental, emotional nature of the material. Moreover, nowadays, sophisticated printing techniques make it possible to cover wood, stone, cloth, or sheets of plastic with thin representations of nothing bu t the visual nature of brick.
4. Rhetoric. Rhetoric fills our environment, which is itself filled with various kinds of signs. A ll of this creates a world that has nothing to do with the actual world. Things that have been impressed with a rhetoric as a result of the various information media surround us. True and false have switched places to the extent that it is no longer possible to tell one from the other.
5. Rhythm. A city and all of its parts have characteristic rhythms. As long as a...

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...on of the elements. In the Kamiwada house, when this step had been taken, the relations in item 2. above were added.
Planning proceeds with attention devoted to the relations in items 3 and 4. In connection with 3, relations between the structural system and the elements are determined; and some of the elements must play a structural role. Integration of the elements is completed in a process in which feedback is const antly taking place among the considerations in items 1 through 4.
Coincidentally, in both the Nakano and Kamiwada houses, the design was a flat, one story. The addition of other levels would doubltless make the design more complicated and necessitate new forms and elements; but I am convinced that I will rema in less interested in the actual building of meaning space than in the integration of the elements resulting from the dismantli ng of that space.

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