Takashi Homma first encountered the work of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in Chandigarh in 2013, while producing photographs commissioned by the CCA, some of which are included in this book.
Following that experience, he decided to research and photograph the spatial and perceptual richness of windows in other works by Le Corbusier across the world. His research is part of the Windowology program initiated by the Window Research Institute, which aims to define the position of windows in the history of architecture across cultures—in this particular case, their role as spaces, rather than surfaces, that connect the interior of a building and the surrounding landscape, or the private and the public.
An essay by Tim Benton complements Hommaʼs photographs by tracing the evolution of the concept of windows in Le Corbusierʼs work.
Looking Through: Le Corbusier Windows
By Takashi Homma
With an essay by Tim Benton
Graphic design by Sean Yendrys
Co-published by Window Research Institute, Canadian Centre for Architecture and Koenig Books
22 × 30 × 1.4cm/192 pages/Softcover
English, French and Japanese text
Published in November, 2019
Photographer. Born 1962 in Tokyo. In 1999, he received the 24th Kimura Ihei Award for Tokyo Suburbia, a photo book focusing on landscapes in suburban Tokyo and the children who live in them. Held his first solo museum exhibition, New Documentary, in three museums in Japan from 2011 to 2012. Has published numerous photography books, including Tanoshii shashin: Yoiko no tame no shashinshitsu (Heibonsha), THE NARCISSISTIC CITY (MACK), TRAILS (MACK), Symphony – mushrooms from the forest (Case Publishing), Looking Through Le Corbusier Windows (Walther König, CCA, Window Research Institute). He is currently a visiting professor at the Tokyo Zokei University Graduate School.
Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded by Phyllis Lambert in 1979 on the conviction that
architecture is a public concern. Through its collection, exhibitions, public programs, publications, and research opportunities the CCA advances knowledge, promotes public
understanding, and widens thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and its role in society today.
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