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. Japanese Architecture after Nōbi

Gregory Clancey

in Earthquake Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246072
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932296 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246072.003.0008
. Japanese Architecture after Nōbi

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The collapse of masonry buildings in Nagoya and Osaka in 1891 was a crisis for the Japanese architectural profession. The first response of Japanese architects was to attempt to make European brick-masonry more earthquake resistant. The production of Japanese architectural knowledge about the wooden world proceeded along two avenues in the years after Nōbi. One was the appropriation of the daiku-work of the past through the medium of architectural history (kenchikushi). The second was through the cultivation, if not the invention, of “Western carpentry” as a Japanese academic specialty.

Keywords: masonry buildings; Japanese architecture; European brick-masonry; earthquake resistance; daiku-work; architectural history; Western carpentry

Chapter.  12687 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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