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“We sense the natural in things that form a happy link with their surroundings. . . . A natural architecture is architecture that creates this propitious connection.”

In this way, renowned architect Kengo Kuma sets the guidelines for his art. The quote is from his book “Shizen na Kenchiku” (“A Natural Architecture”), published on Nov. 20 by Iwanami Shoten in its popular Shinsho (New Books) paperback series. If you are searching for a brilliantly argued delineation of the Japanese aesthetic sensibility comfortably translated into the 21st century, look no further than this.

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