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Windows on How We Live Now

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What kinds of windows are Japan's architects designing for houses today? These are Japanese windows captured by French photographer Jeremie Souteyrat. In his photobook tokyo no ie (Tokyo houses; 2014), which shows Japanese houses in Tokyo within the neighborhoods in which they were built, you can see how the orientation, size and position of the windows have carefully been adjusted in response to sightlines and their surroundings. The windows of houses in provincial cities instead are designed to relate to the natural environment, as seen in Souteyrat's work for Japan, Archipelago of the House (2014). You can also catch glimpses of the occupants of the spaces lounging beside their windows. 

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©Jeremie Souteyrat 

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Three panelists discuss how photography, architecture, and windows are interrelated. ​

  • Iwan Baan, who has been photographing prominent architectural works by the world’s leading architects including Rem Koolhaas and Toyo Ito
  • Takashi Homma, who has been conducting research on windows and photography and presenting his views through his photographic work on Le Corbusier​
  • Architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow / Professor, TIT), who has been exploring the relationship between windows and human behavior.​
  • Moderator: Taro Igarashi (Professor, Tohoku University / Architectural Historian and Critic)​

The content was adapted from a lecture given at the Windowology Symposium, held in Tokyo, 2017, by the Window Research Institute.​
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