ImaI / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: , , Japan
Area: 69.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Dragon Court Village / Eureka

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Architects: Eureka
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Junya Inagaki, Satoshi Sano, Takuo Nagai, Eisuke Hori
Design Team: Kazutoshi Sugimoto(ex-staff), Yuki Nagasawa(ex-staff), Hiroyuki Tsukada(ex-staff), Kazunori Yamaguchi(ex-staff)
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ookura Hideki

Rem Koolhaas’ Current Fascinations: On Identity, Asia, the Biennale, & More

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In this interview, originally published in The Architectural Review, Andrew Mackenzie sits down with OMA founder Rem Koolhaas to discuss the Venice Biennale, the extinction of national identities, his fascination with Asia, the link between De Rotterdam and Delirious New York, and the future of the profession.

Your proposition for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale asks whether national identity has been, as you say, ‘sacrificed to modernity’. Some might view this as a project of reclamation, not unlike Frampton’s regionalism. How would you differentiate your proposition from Frampton’s?

Well, Kenneth Frampton is a smart guy, but the problem is that he looked at regionalism as an antidote to cosmopolitan development. In so doing he perverted the cause of regionalism, because suddenly regionalism was mobilised as a private cause that it couldn’t sustain. However, the question of national identity is an open one. For instance, at first sight the Netherlands is a very internationalist country, but looking closely you can see an enormous return of, not vernacular, but quasi-vernacular architecture and quasi-old fortresses that are newly built with a national flavour. Look at Zaandam, and that huge assemblage of so-called vernacular buildings.

House in Daisen / Osumi Yuso Architects Office

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Architects: Osumi Yuso Architects Office
Location: ,
Area: 75.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Ryo Hata

Shigeru Ban Selected to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

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Shigeru Ban was pulled from a selection of 238 competitors as the “best person” to design the new World Heritage Center in the Shizuoka Prefecture of . The 4,300 square meter structure is expected to cost up to ¥2.4 billion and complete in the year 2016. We will keep you posted as more details become available.

Shirokane House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: , Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Site Area: 64.49 sqm
Area: 102 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Forward Stroke inc.

SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: 3 Chome-10-20 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo,
Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Kenji Miyahara, Hiroaki Akiyama, Yuteki Dozono, Masahiro Minami
Area: 293.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of

Hinanai Village House / DYGSA

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Architects: DYGSA
Location: ,
Area: 91.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of DYGSA

4n House / ninkipen!

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Architects: ninkipen!
Location: Ikoma, Nara, Japan
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

House in Kitakarasuyama / Mizuishi Architect Atelier

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Architects: Mizuishi Architect Atelier
Location: , Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kota Mizuishi
Area: 91 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Tanigawa

House in Yokawa / Mosaic Design

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Architects: Mosaic Design
Location: Hyogo Prefecture,
Design Team: Ko Nakamura, Yurika Orita
Constructor: Yamamoto Komuten
Area: 253.43 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

Agui House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 121 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN

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Architects: ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architects In Charge: Toshikatsu Ienari, Kenta Fukunishi, Yasuo Imazu/
Area: 61 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroki kawata

Room 211 Hotel T’Point / Mifune Design Studio

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Architects: Mifune Design Studio
Location: Chuo Ward, , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Yasutoshi Mifune
Area: 42 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yasunori Shimomura

Krampon House / Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

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Architects: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates
Location: ,
Area: 136 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yutaka Kinumaki

O Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen!

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Architects: ninkipen!
Location: Ōgaki, Gifu,
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 172 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

The Freakonomics Podcast Tackles the Question: Why Is Japan Crazy About Housing?

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Freakonomics has just posted a fascinating new podcast that takes on the question posed by Alastair Townsend in our AD original article: “Why Japan is Crazy About Housing.” The podcast consults with Townsend and economic experts to present a thought-provoking answer to the puzzling question of why builds architecture that is avant-garde and yet, ultimately, disposable. The answer may just surprise you. Listen to the whole podcast here:

House M / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo

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Architects: Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo
Location: , Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Teppei Fujiwara
Area: 102.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sadao Hotta