Emerging Japanese Architects of the 1990s
Vintage paperback coffee table book discussing Japanese architects of the 1990s. Edited by Jackie Kestenbaum, published in 1991. 1st edition, 120 pages.
"If Americans pride themselves on being efficient in time - fast food, fast cars, fast lanes, fifteen-minute fame - the Japanese are efficient in space. They do not waste a centimeter; they could wrap a piano in a handkerchief. In traditional Japanese architecture, residential spaces were all basically multi-purpose, taking on specific functions indicated by the furniture or utensils brought in such as a writing table, brush and ink, a meal tray and dishes, or a futon. Even now, technological innovations intended for residential use appear hyper-efficient."