Andrew Barrie

For Andrew Barrie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Freed architecture

Art Nov 5, 2003

Freed architecture

Rem Koolhaas, recently awarded the 2003 Praemium Imperiale for architecture, is prolific to the point of relentlessness. Looking at the stream of bold, innovative and aggressively hip buildings Koolhaas' Rotterdam-based office has produced, one well-known Japanese architect was prompted to liken him to a ...

Home of conspicuous construction

Community Jun 15, 2003

Home of conspicuous construction

It is hardly news that Prada spent a lot of money on their new flagship store in Tokyo's swish Aoyama district. The real surprise is what they got for it. Other less adventurous clients, and less talented architects, might have turned the project's 10 billion ...

Shaking up the cityscape

Art Apr 23, 2003

Shaking up the cityscape

Tadao Ando is not afraid to say what he thinks. More than that, when the Osaka-based architect has an idea about what life in cities should be like, he isn't afraid to radically alter the world to make his visions a reality. After the ...

Start at the base and work your way up

Community Nov 24, 2002

Start at the base and work your way up

Jon Jerde is an architect, and he wants to change your life. The world has never been short of architects with ambitions to create a bold new future (designed in their signature style), but Jerde has actually done it -- it has been calculated ...

A pier without peer

Community Nov 3, 2002

A pier without peer

The Yokohama International Passenger Terminal on Osanbashi Pier is slotted into a line of redevelopments along the waterfront -- a smorgasbord of ambitious architecture ranging from renovated century-old warehouses to the Blade Runner-esque towers of the Minato Mirai 21 complex. This two-story building resting on ...

Art Sep 1, 2002

Postmodern -- or what?

Until the time of our great-great-grandparents, each region's architectural style was largely defined by its particular culture, climate and natural resources. Materials and construction techniques developed only very slowly, if at all. With all their buildings being built the same way, cities and towns ...

Tokyo's blueprints of th past - and the future

Art Sep 1, 2002

Tokyo's blueprints of th past - and the future

Tokyo is an ugly city. Sure, it may not suffer from the smog of Mexico City, be blighted by Johannesburg-style shantytowns or possess Houston's plate-glass vacuity. Nonetheless, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, World War II bombing and subsequent construction booms have combined to ...

Community Mar 17, 2002

Cathedrals of commerce, towers of power

The tall building radically reshaped the modern city, thrusting it upward in the decades around the turn of the 20th century, just as the automobile pushed it outwards between the world wars. The skyward trend began in the 1890s, when high-rise commercial buildings began ...