Kiyonori Kikutake: Between Land and Sea

Although obscure to many, Kiyonori Kikutake (1928-2011) is renowned for his involvement in the Metabolist movement – a post-war Japanese architectural movement that fused ideas on architecture with those of biology.

Metabolists wished to move beyond the modernist idea of ‘form follows function’ and in this book instead emphasises “the potential of space to continually adapt to changing functions in a way that is dynamic, seemingly biological, akin to a living organism”. This book is based on an exhibition of Kikutake’s work, and the exquisite volume contains essays about his life, extracts of his writings, and profiles of his projects under the headings ‘Land’ and ‘Sea.’ The designs and models of his work included in Between Land and Sea are a wonder to behold. Kikutake was well ahead of his time. After witnessing the devastation of WWII, he proposed that traditional agriculture couldn’t feed the city, and envisioned Marine Cities as centres for aquaculture, “producing and processing food from the sea, as well as harvesting energy from the ocean currents”.

Edited by Ken Tadashi Oshima
Lars Müller Publishers
RRP $50 (US)

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Cover of Issue 35
You can read more about Kiyonori Kikutake: Between Land and Sea in Issue 35 of Sanctuary magazine.

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