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  • Maymester in Japan explores aesthetics of architecture

    Published: July 28, 2010
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    The Shinjuku District in Tokyo, Japan.Photo: Alexis Kurland

    School of Architecture Professor David Heymann, with help from colleagues John Blood and Elizabeth Danze, led a Maymester to Japan with 16 students from the School of Architecture and College of Fine Arts.

    View photos from the trip in undergraduate Alexis Kurland’s blog.

    Students explored the complexity and depth of Japanese aesthetic production and the profound influence it has had on Western architects, artists and designers. The Maymester provided young designers firsthand exposure to non-Western design aesthetic.

    A selection of photos from Alexis Kurland. See more photos on her blog.

    The Korakuen Garden in Okayama
    The Korakuen Garden in Okayama.
    The Kanazawa Castle in in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
    The Kanazawa Castle in in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.
    Mikimoto Ginza 2 in Tokyo, designed by Toyo Ito in 2005
    Mikimoto Ginza 2 in Tokyo, designed by Toyo Ito in 2005.
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      Linda Puetter said on Aug. 25, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.
      I lived in Japan for 10 years and I was always fascinated how the old cultural buildings blended in with the new architecture in Tokyo. Your students were so fortunate to view first hand the complexity and depth of Japanese aesthetic production.
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