Japan architects make it big on world stage, not with monuments but with a natural sensibility

August 7, 2014 7:16 AM

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Japan architects make it big on world stage, not with monuments but with a natural sensibility

TOKYO – A new generation of Japanese architects believes the world has fallen out of love with the 20th century steel and concrete skyscraper. They are pushing a human-friendly alternative that some say has roots in the elegant simplicity of the traditional Japanese tea house.

Instead of pursuing monuments that cry out with a message of economic power, these Pritzker Prize-winning architects are scoring success with a uniquely Japanese reinterpretation of the past.

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