By Will Ferguson
Published within the US and the united kingdom as Hokkaido street Blues
Take a slapstick comedian from the nice White North — one half Bob and Doug McKenzie, the opposite invoice Bryson — feed him plenty of sake, and set him free hitchhiking his means via well mannered eastern society. the result's one of many warmest and funniest travelogues you've learn. It had by no means been performed prior to. no longer in 4 thousand years of jap recorded heritage had someone the Cherry Blossom entrance from one finish of the rustic to the opposite. Nor had someone hitchhiked the size of Japan. And, as Ferguson learns, it illustrates that to commute is best than to arrive.
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1 941 ) What's the d ifference between design i ng a si ngle-fa m i ly home on comm ission and desig n i ng apartments for u n known occupants? Kazuyo Sej ima : 'A part m e nt b u i ld i n gs h o u s e a w i d e range of res i d e nt s . Even so, most developers want c o m p lete ly h omoge n e o u s b u i ld ings with i d ent i c a l apa rtments. That m a kes it ve ry d iffi c u lt t o d e s i g n owne r- o c c u pied apa rtments with a n i ce atmo s p h e re. For exa m p le, w h e n a n arch itect s u ggests the u s e of n atu ral woo d , the d eve l o p e r mi ght d i sagree on the grounds that a nyth ing mad e o f real w o o d i s uni q u e , and t h at no t w o apa rtme nts wo u ld be exactly the same .
Bigger projects req u i re a lot of people , i n cludi ng developers and b ig contractors. I t is very h a rd t o st ri ke a balance w h e n so many differe nt parti es are i nvolved. W h at's more, t h e s c h edule of large projects is very tight, so we're always b e i ng p ush ed. In a small house, we c a n still fi nd t h e time to t h i nk dee ply a bout details and in t h e p rocess m a ke t h e projects very experimental. To me , t h e typology of a small detac h ed house i s a perfect laboratory for developi ng n ew details and fo r study i ng new uses of materi als.
In spite of the restrictions of the small plans (with footprints as small as 30 m2) all designs have a liberating effect because their solutions focus on their three-dimensionality. The interiors emphasize a sense of grandeur rather than limitation. A remarkable thing in the era of rapid globalization is the locality that underpins their architectural concepts. Inspiration often comes from the immediate environment (the city), or from personal memories that still carry strong echoes of traditional Japanese culture.