Manfredo Tafuri's Modern Architecture in Japan

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Join Jean-Louis Cohen, Catherine Ingraham, Yukie Kamiya, and Mohsen Mostafavi for a discussion of the celebrated Italian architectural historian Manfredo Tafuri's book Modern Architecture in Japan (Mack Books, 2022). Originally published in Italian in 1964, L’Architettura Moderna in Giappone explored the country’s post-war architecture, including its metabolist movement. Tafuri, who had never visited Japan before writing the book, used photographs, articles, and texts to explore the country's modern architecture. This edition introduces English speakers to the influential book for the first time. 

Edited and introduced by Mohsen Mostafavi, this volume presents the translated text alongside essays by Marco Biraghi, Catherine Ingraham, Ken Tadashi Oshima, Federico Scaroni, and Hajime Yatsuka, as well as a rich collection of images. Together, these materials situate the reader in relation to Tafuri’s scholarship, the histories of Japanese architecture and Italian criticism, and the idiosyncrasies of the text.

Jean-Louis Cohen,
Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Catherine Ingraham, Professor of Architecture, Pratt Institute
Yukie Kamiya, AICA, Art Critic, Independent Curator
Mohsen Mostafavi, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Architecture and Design

About the Speakers:

Yukie Kamiya has served as the Gallery Director at Japan Society in New York, Chief Curator of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, and Associate Curator of  the New Museum in New York. Kamiya has organized exhibitions bridging Asia and other regions on cross-temporal themes, including the 12th Shanghai Biennial (2018-19), Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection on the Imagination of Asia, and Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s. In 2011, Kamiya was honored with the Academic Prize from the Western Art Foundation in Japan for her curatorial achievements. A a member the International Association of Art Critics, Kamiya has contributed extensively to publications including Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise (Skira/Rizzoli 2017), Ravaged: Art and Culture in Times of Conflict (Mercatorfonds 2014), and Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, 2010). 

Jean-Louis Cohen is an architect, an historian, and a curator, with a long track record in research on modern architecture and city planning. Since 1994, he holds the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Cohen has been a curator for numerous exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, and MAXXI. The most significant among the forty books he has published are: Building a New New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture, 2020. Frank Gehry; Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings; Volume One, 1954-1978, (Cahiers D'Art, 2020). Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes, (MoMA, 2013). Interferenzen / Interférences: Deutschland, Frankreich, Architektur, 1800-2000 with Hartmut Frank, (Musées de la ville de Strasbourg, Starsbourg, 2013). The Future of Architecture. Since 1889, (Phaidon Press, 2012). Architecture in Uniform; Designing and Building for WWII, (Editions Hazan, Paris, 2011). Mies van der Rohe (Birkhäuser Architecture, 2007). Casablanca, Colonial Myths and Architectural Ventures with Monique Eleb, (The Monacelli Press, 2002).

Catherine Ingraham served as Chair of Graduate Architecture at Pratt Institute from 1999-2005 and as editor of Assemblage from 1991-98. She was also a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991 and 1993 at at Columbia GSAPP in 1989 and 1990. She is the recipient of a 2007 New York State Council on the Arts grant, a 2005 Canadian Center for Architecture research fellowship, 1987 and 2005 Graham Foundation grants, a 1992 NEA grant, an SOM research fellowship from 1988-90, and the MacDowell Colony residencies from 2001-2007. With Laurie Hawkinson, Ingraham was the winner of a 2001 design competition for the Museum of Women’s History in Battery Park City, New York. She is the author of Architecture, Animal, Human (Routledge Press, 2006) and Architecture and the Burdens of Linearity (Yale University Press, 1998), along with over fifty articles on architectural theory and history published in academic journals, book collections, and other publications, and served as editor, with Marco Diani, of Restructuring Architectural Theory (Northwestern University Press, 1988). Ingraham has been invited to present at lectures, seminars, and symposia at over sixty national and international universities. .

Mohsen Mostafavi served as the Dean of the GSD from 2008-2019. His work focuses on modes and processes of urbanization and on the interface between technology and aesthetics. He was formerly the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, where he was also the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He has been the Director of the Master of Architecture I Program at the GSD and has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule). Mostafavi is a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects. His research and design projects have been published in many journals, including The Architectural Review, AAFiles, Arquitectura, Bauwelt, Casabella, Centre, Daidalos, and El Croquis.

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