Metabolism profoundly influenced contemporary architecture and urbanism. This book investigates the Metabolists' utopian projects of the city. At the root of the group’s urban utopias was a particular biotechical notion of the city as an organic process. It stood in opposition to the Modernist view of city design and led to such radical design concepts as marine civilization and artificial terrains, which embodied the metabolists’ ideals of social change. Tracing the evolution of Metabolism from its inception at the 1960 World Design Conference to its spectacular swansong at the Osaka World Exposition in 1970, this book situates Metabolism in the context of Japan’s mass urban reconstruction, economic miracle, and socio-political reorientation. This new study will interest architectural and urban historians, architects and all those interested in avant-garde design and Japanese architecture.
PhD Dissertation title: City As Process: Tange Kenzo and the Japanese Urban Utopias, 1959-70
Supervisor: Gary Hack
Other Books by Zhongjie Lin
Shi, Kuang, Hao Liu, and Zhongjie Lin. The Making of a Chinese Model New Town: Planning and Development of the Suzhou Industrial Park. Beijing: China Architecture and Building Press, 2012.
Shi, Kuang, Gary Hack, and Zhongjie Lin. Urban Design in the Global Perspective. Beijing: Architecture and Building Press of China, 2006.