Arata Isozaki

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Works Gunma Museum of Fine Arts, at Takasaki, Japan, 1971 to 1974.

MOCA, at Los Angeles, California, 1981 to 1986.

Shukosha Building, at Fukuoka, Japan, 1974 to 1975.

Team Disney Building, at near Orlando, Florida, 1989 to 1990.

Yano House, at Kawasaki, Japan, 1975.

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Arata Isozaki

(b. Oita, Kyushu, Japan 1931)

Arata Isozaki was born in Oita, Kyushu, Japan in 1931. He studied under Kenso Tange at the University of Tokyo before becoming a member of Tange's design team. In 1963 he established his own practice.

His work in the late 1960s was influenced by the Metabolism school, but mannerism is discernable in the exaggerated expression of the structural members. The joint Core System that he developed in 1960 was essential to the Metabolism movement and was influential to Tange, his former teacher.

His later works are Mannered and self-conscious, borrowing from a spectrum of architectural influences. He appropriates design ideas from such diverse sources as the Vienna Secession, Marcel Cuchamp and Archigram.

Considered Tange's successor as the leading creative figure in Japanese architecture, Isozaki is equally important as a writer and theorist. He consistently acts as the leading interpreter of outside trends and movements for other Japanese designers.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA 40 I45. p 79-80.

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