Art and Culture 

Japan and the West

Architectural Transfer in Modernity

Ramón Rodríguez Llera 

According to Frank Lloyd Wright organic architecture could be connected to Lao Tse’s spatial concepts, which take buildings not as being limited to walls and ceilings but as referring to the space to inhabit: “Japanese domestic architecture was truly organic architecture.” Wright and later Bruno Taut interpreted Japan in the West, and coincidentally or not, both were almost exclusively interested in pre-modern Japan. Did they really love contemporary Japan as they proclaimed to, or just the country’s past? Naturally there was a resurgence of misunderstandings leading to asymmetrical relationships...

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