Dana Buntrock is a Professor in the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Architecture. Her publications focus on interdisciplinary collaborations in Japanese architecture and construction practices, starting with her first book, Japanese Architecture as a Collaborative Process: Opportunities in a Flexible Construction Culture (London: Spon, 2000). She has authored two academic books, a monograph and dozens of articles in professional and academic journals, works translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Spanish. She is currently drafting a new construction textbook written for architects---likely to be an insanely long effort simply because of the scope of the topic.
Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture: Tradition and Today
Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture introduces five architects who celebrate traditions thousands of years old in intoxicating, up-to-date buildings. These wonderful buildings, many in far corners of the country, tell stories written in rammed earth, rust, charred cedar and gold leaf. Skilled craftsmen, ragtag bands of artists and some of the oldest construction companies on the earth all contribute to these unusual architectural works.