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Several projects that build on experiences working and researching in Japan.

The first ongoing project examines how the development of modern architecture has evolved through international exchanges. This project is exemplified by work on Kikuji Ishimoto – a founder of the Bunri-ha architecture group, a conduit for European modernism and a proponent of Japanese International style – as well as historiographic work on external representations and discursive constructions of Japanese architecture. A second area of research involves explicating urban configurations in Tokyo and includes collaborative work with UCLA and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Publications in this area include:

2012, Tokyo tropes, the poetics of chaos, Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage: The Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, 05/07/2012-08/07/2012, SAHANZ, Launceston, pp. 979-993.

2012, Review: Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture, CAA Reviews, College Art Association, US

2010, Kikuji Ishimoto, imagining Japanese modern architecture, Imagining... Proceedings of the 27th International SAHANZ Conference, 30 June to 2 July, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW, pp. 365-371.

2008, More Lines, in After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan, eds. Thomas Daniell, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, USA, pp. 186-191.

Funding in the area has been provided by The Japan Foundation.

Investigator
Dr Ari Seligmann

MADA researchers from varied backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects and theorists, work together to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia.

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