Traditional Japanese Architecture

History/Theory

Spring 2013

Kunio Kudo, instructor, with Jenna Erin Miller

The objective of this course was to find the form of Japanese tradition, both macro and micro, with many contradictions. Various paradoxes show the nature of Japanese complexities. In Hamlet’s world, you have to constantly decide “to be or not to be,” “black or white”, otherwise you have to die. While in Japan, you don’t have to die with your contradictions or inconsistency. However, this thesis itself may invite the counter thesis, and you have to die to prove your consistency. Rules therefore do not come from “words” or ” concepts,” they come from Nature. Whereby nature is the Law before human logos come in. And their evaluations and judgments are often done by aesthetics, rather than right or wrong.