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Some Ideas on Living in London and Tokyo

by (author) Stephen Taylor & Ryue Nishizawa

edited by Giovanna Borasi

Canadian Centre for Architecture
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2012

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Part of the CCA's exploration of key issues in contemporary architecture with a specific focus on urban, social, and environmental concerns, Some Ideas considers a vital issue for today's society, namely, the question of how to create viable new models for living in increasingly dense urban environments. The projects of the British architect Stephen Taylor and the Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa both respect and respond to the particular cultural environments of London and Tokyo, and demonstrate the importance of a clear understanding of place in order to develop solutions that are specific to their context. This publication marks an important contribution to ongoing research in the field, and offers new reflections on how we can perceive, engage, and inhabit the contemporary city. The book features evocative images of the architects' projects, including site models and installations, alongside comments by Nishizawa and Taylor on individual projects.

About the authors

During his twenty-five years of practice as an herbalist, Stephen Taylor has explored the traditional foundations of Western medicine, drawing inspiration from the ancient herbalists Hippocrates and Galen, and the medieval herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. While exploring the surviving folk traditions of Europe, he has also trained in Eastern and African traditions of ancient medicine. Having made extensive visits to learn from the traditional healers of Africa, he eventually became initiated as a traditional healer and diviner himself. He continues to practice herbal medicine, teach, and research, and he grows and produces many of his own medicines.

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Giovanna Borasi is an architect, editor, and curator. She joined the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in 2005 and has been the director of the CCA since January 2020. Borasi’s work explores alternative ways of practicing and evaluating architecture, considering the impact of contemporary environmental, political, and social issues on urbanism and the built environment. She studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, worked as an editor of Lotus International (1998–2005) and Lotus Navigator (2000–04) and was the deputy editor in chief of Abitare (2011–13). One of Borasi’s latest curatorial projects is a three-part documentary film series that reconsiders architecture’s relationship to and understanding of home and homelessness, living alone, and the elderly. The first film What It Takes to Make a Home (2019) screened at film festivals and institutions worldwide.

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