Edo – Meiji period: Traditional cities and architecture in Japan
Presented by Masaki Koiwa
February 9, 2023
Japanese traditional architecture has consistently adopted structural systems using beams and wooden posts throughout history. This form was derived from its construction system, and each wooden component was removable and could be exchanged for a new one if it needed to be repaired. Regarding the traditional city, the concentration of economic and cultural activities within the urban area was a remarkable feature. At first urban activities were almost limited to main cities such as political capitals, and from the Sengoku period (XV-XVII century) feudal lords started to settle in their castle towns. During the Edo period (1600-1868), economic growth created large gaps between urban and rural areas, which sometimes caused social problems. From the Meiji period (1868-1912), Japan was rapidly westernised and industrialised by government policy, but the lifestyles of the common people changed very little, and more extensive modernisation was deferred to the next Taisho and Showa period.
Topics to be covered
- Structure and Form in traditional Japanese Architecture
- Aesthetic and Construction System
- Repairing and Reconstruction issues
- City and Housing in pre-modern Japan
Transition from Edo period to Modernity
Masaki Koiwa is Associate Professor in Department of Architecture at Waseda University, Japan, where he completed a PhD and a Master of Engineering.
This is the first of four events in the talk series, Transforming Cities, Buildings, And Culture.
February 9 (Thursday), 2023
45min talk + 30min Q&A
Onsite & online via Facebook Live
Speaker to present remotely
Free; bookings not required
Find out about the Architecture Talk series.
For onsite attendance, find us at:
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
(02) 8239 0055