Brutal-ish: Japan’s Long, Dramatic Love Affair with Concrete Architecture

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

Japanese architecture may be most closely associated with natural, lightweight materials like wood and paper, but Japan is also home to some of the world’s most incredible concrete architecture, and the two styles aren’t as disparate as they first appear. The nation’s love for a seemingly cold, unyielding material evolved out of resilience after war and natural disasters, and though the character of concrete...

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