The Theory of Tradition in Junzo Yoshimura’s Written Works from 1950 to 1965

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  • 1950年から1965年までの吉村順三の著作にみる伝統論について
  • 1950ネン カラ 1965ネン マデ ノ ヨシムラ ジュンゾウ ノ チョサク ニ ミル デントウロン ニ ツイテ

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This paper clarifies the development of Junzo Yoshimiura’s theory of tradition from 1950 to 1965 by comprehensively examining his works (essays, interview articles, and descriptions of architectural works) written during the same period. In this research, Yoshimura’s unique ways of understanding tradition were analyzed in terms of the following three aspects. 1. Yoshimura argued for the balance between architecture and “life.” Based on the fact that Japan was originally a poor country, he emphasized that architecture should be suited to such life. 2. Yoshimura referred to “simplicity.” It was highlighted that the Japanese people did not exaggerate modeling and handled problems easily, which were related to modernity. 3. Yoshimura explained how to deal with “tradition” when designing architecture. He argued that it is important to adopt modern facilities and technology. In addition, the argument in previous studies regarding whether it was Shoin style or Sukiya style was hardly observed in Yoshimura’s discourse, and he rather liked folk dwellings. Furthermore, the statement that is most frequently seen in this research material is the concept that emphasizes the relationship between buildings and their surrounding nature and gardens. This can be said to have been an important ideological background for Yoshimura’s architectural design, even though it was a direction of traditional understanding that had already been formed in the 1930s.



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