Toyo Ito - Forces of Nature (aka Generative Order)

Author(s): Jessie A. Turnbull

theory and history | Princeton Architectural Press | japanese architecture

Toyo Ito: Generative order is based on the Kenneth Kassler endowed lecture delivered by Ito at Princeton University School of Architecture in the spring of 2009. The book is delivered primarily in Ito's voice, through the lecture transcript, which is the focus of the book, and through extended interviews, and a previously untranslated essay from 1980, all of which tie together his ideas of the interface of nature and society through the formal constructs of architecture. The publication is unique in bringing together unpublished visuals of built and un-built projects by Ito, as well as bringing together his theory spanning across his whole career, with commentary by respected scholars Stan Allen and Julian Worrall.

aka 'Forces of Nature'


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The second in the series by Princeton University School of Architecture that documents the celebrated Kassler lecture series.; Projects illustrated in the publication include: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (unbuilt), Taichung Opera House,; Tama University Arts Library, and Kakamigahara Crematorium.; One of the central members of the Metabolist group in the 1960s, the esteemed Japanese architect received the RIBA Gold; Medal in 2006.; Includes a response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan.; This book will appeal to students, architects, and those attracted to both Ito's well known commercial work and his shift to socially minded and humanitarian work.

Jessie Turnbull is an architect in training practicing in New York. Born and brought up in rural Scotland, she studied womenswear design at London College of Fashion before completing her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. Upon graduation she received the prestigious Daiwa Anglo Japanese Scholarship and spent two years living in Tokyo, studying Japanese, and working for the internationally renowned young architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow. She completed her graduate studies in architecture at Princeton University, where she was the recipient of the Stanley J. Seeger fellowship for study in Greece, and completed her thesis under Liz Diller. She currently works for Stan Allen Architect in New York, and teaches at Parsons the New School for Design.

The second in the series by Princeton University School of Architecture that documents the celebrated Kassler lecture series.; Projects illustrated in the publication include: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (unbuilt), Taichung Opera House, Tama University Arts Library, and Kakamigahara Crematorium.; One of the central members of the Metabolist group in the 1960s, the esteemed Japanese architect received the RIBA Gold Medal in 2006.; Includes a response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan.; This book will appeal to students, architects, and those attracted to both Ito's well-known commercial work and his shift to socially minded and humanitarian work.

General Fields

  • : 9781616891015
  • : Princeton Architectural Press
  • : Princeton Architectural Press
  • : August 2012
  • : July 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jessie A. Turnbull
  • : Paperback
  • : 912
  • : 144