Researches on Junya Ishigami
|Course||Architectural History and Theory|
|Keywords||Junya Ishigami architecture plants scale architectural theory|
Junya Ishigami is one of the most famous star architects in the world today. He’sgot impressive success, though completed only a few buildings. Ishigami haspublished two books, small images and Another scale of architecture, consisting ofresearches both on his built works and unrealized ones, as well as inquiries on somefundamental concepts of architecture, and imagination of architecture in the future.There are many short reports and commentaries on Junya Ishigami, both foreign anddomestic, but very few deep researches on his works and thoughts.Ishigami has very unique understanding and consideration of architecture, such asgiving an equal attention to plants and other natural elements as to the buildings andarchitecture, and new interpretation on the concept of “scale” in architecture, which isto some degree subversive.This article is seeking to present a series of analysis on Junya Ishigami’s viewsupon architecture from some different but interrelated angles: it starts with someresidential projects, which is the simplest and most pertinent, and then it derivesthoughts on plants and architecture, as well as on natural environments and artificialenvironments, from some conceptual works; however, a series of inquiries on theconcept of “scale” in architecture initiate another round of consideration, whichfinally ends with courageous assumption and imagination of architecture in the futurefrom Another scale of architecture.This task focuses on comparative analysis of texts. Due to the specializedcharacteristics of the history and theory of architecture, it is very necessary to put thewhole researches into the context of architectural history. This article is attempting toresearch an architect and his works as a prerequisite, and to explore the impliedimpact upon the conventional conception and theory of architecture, as well as theprogressivity of the relationship between architecture and our worlds, by some meansvery similar to New Historicism, with the aid of historical sources and texts.