Always New Performance Based Design: Ise Shrines as a Model for Future Architecture

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Abstract

In Japan, a radical experiment has been going on for more than one thousand years: wooden structures are built and dismantled every twenty years in an ongoing renewal process without a known beginning or end. We will look into the Ise shrines not as buildings but as genetic sequences or generative lines of code. As living organisms that change through time, that… emerge, age, decay, emerge… living organisms that have an exact understanding of their importance and impact in a much wider system. A renewable system carefully planned for long term resilience. A large widespread system that expands through all Japan. A system that has a long term strategy that resists becoming part of other global systems. A system that trades short term benefits for long term security. A system that changes and adapts through the years sometimes trying to be forgotten, sometimes trying to be embraced by the population. Ise in its humble scale and lack of ornamentation is as relevant for our future as it was thirteen hundred years ago.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBack to the Future: The Next 50 Years
Subtitle of host publication51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)
EditorsMarc Aurel Schnabel
Place of PublicationNew Zealand
PublisherVictoria University of Wellington
ChapterVision
Pages593-601
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978‐0‐9923835‐4‐1
ISBN (Print)978‐0‐9923835‐4‐1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 27 Nov 20172 Dec 2017

Conference

Conference51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
Abbreviated title(ANZAScA)
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period27/11/172/12/17

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