tokyo: house inside city outside house - tokyo metabolizing

anyone who's been to tokyo knows how densely populated and intricately structured this city is. currently on at the tokyo opera city art gallery is house inside city outside house - tokyo metabolizing, an exhibition themed around metabolism, a movement initiated by japanese architects in the 1950s. they envisaged cities inhabited by a mass society and characterized by large-scale, flexible, and expandable structures that evoked the processes of organic growth. the show focuses on the work of atelier bow-wow's yoshiharu tsukamoto and momoyo kaijima, ryue nishizawa of sanaa architects and koh kitayama, this year's commissioner of the japanese pavilion at the venice biennale. on view are three examples of residential forms that aim to reveal tokyo's distinctive urban image and also serve as a guide to the future [on through oct 2]. location: tokyo opera city, 3-20-2 nishi-shinjuku [shinjuku]. photo: the spectacular moriyama house in ota-ku, tokyo by architect ryue nishizawa [2005]