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Metabolism shinchintaisha was a post war japanese architectural movement that fused ideas about architectural megastructures with those of organic biological growth it had its first international exposure during ciams 1959 meeting and its ideas were tentatively tested by students from kenzo tanges mit studio during the preparation for the 1960 tky world design a well known example of metabolism in architecture is kisho kurokawas nakagin capsule tower in tokyo over 100 prefabricated cell capsule units are individually bolted onto a single concrete shaftlike brussels sprouts on a stalk although the look is more like a stalk of front loading washing machinesincluding work by yasmeen lari elemental oma shigeru ban nl toyo ito metabolism kenzo tange and kurokawa kisho and sir christopher wren who redesigned london in the aftermath of the metabolism 1 metabolism 2 introduction the word metabolism describes the process of maintaining living cells young japanese architects after world war ii used this word to describe their beliefs about how buildings and cities should be designed the postwar reconstruction of japans cities spawned new ideas about the future of urban design and public spaceskurokawas take on capsule architecture at the time encompasses many futuristic ideas in his book metabolism in architecture 1977 he explains his obsession came from the idea of man

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