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Guide to Tokyo architecture

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Steen, AP, Guide to Tokyo architecture, Proceedings of Audience: the 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 07-10 July 2011, Brisbane, Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

This paper takes a point of departure from its primary research object, the book Made in Tokyo, published in 2001. Authors Kaijima, Kuroda and Tsukamoto label their text a 'guidebook: and position it with respect to another, unnamed, 'best selling' example of that genre. This paper pursues this explicit comparison, performing a comparative study between the 'best selling' Tokyo guidebook and Mode in Tokyo, and using this comparison to question in what sense Kaijima, Kuroda and Tsukamoto's work is indeed a 'guidebook' to architecture in Tokyo. Conventional textual analysis soon reveals that Made in Tokyo is an ambiguous object that defies easy definition. Close linguistic and visual analysis is then employed, leading the paper to focus on two key programs of the books naming and navigation. In interrogating these aspects, the paper positions Mode in Tokyo's idiosyncratic programs with respect to its more conventional guidebook counterpart, and, by extension, to architectural literature and the architectural field as a whole. Critically, the paper finds that the role of the reader is central to this positioning. In its final analysis, the paper involves the audience in the book's 'guidance'.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:architectural discourse, architectural guidebook, Tokyo
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural History and Theory
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
Author:Steen, AP (Dr Andrew Steen)
ID Code:107416
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2016-03-15
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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