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Kuma, Kengo



An ´object´ is a work of architecture that is expressly cut off from its environment. Objectification in western architecture is all-pervasive because it is consistent with the aim of the prevailing economic system: to transform virtually everything into a commodity. In this book, Kuma argues that this mindset prevents us from establishing a healthy relationship with the external world and suggests that an alternative form of architecture is not only desirable but possible as well. His approach is illustrated with a discussion of works by his office in which he has sought to avoid objectification. The ideas embodied in these diverse projects have much in common with the Japanese tradition, not of ´monuments´, but of ´weaker´ buildings characterized by their use of natural light and natural materials.

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