Metobolism, which spran up in the 60s, is the most widely known modern archtiecture movement to have emerged from Japan. As its name suggests, it
sought to have buildings and cities designed to continually grow and change in the same way as organic life. I have just read a remarkable book on this fascinating movement, Metabolism: the City of the Future, an exhibtion catalog taken place at the Mori Art Museum in Tokly last year. A great addition to any library. Here are some great examples of the fantastic forms created in Japan during the 60s and early 70s:
The Takara Beautilion, designed for the Takara Group to exhibition of its hair and beatuy products; The Toshiba IHI Pavilion for video performances at the Expo 70; The Discotic Space Capsule, representing the Disco boom and built in Tokyo in 1968; and the unbuilt Stratiform Structure System of 1972, but which has served as a source of inspiration for many projects to come.