JA86 (the 86th issue of JA) is a special issue dedicated to the new generation of architects. In this issue we introduce to our readers 18 teams of architects ranging in age from 26 to 35 and a total of 51 of their completed buildings and current projects.
The 26 architects in these 18 teams were all born between 1977 and 1986. They studied architecture during a time society was growing increasingly complex, and though they have all been influenced by the architects and architecture that have come before, each differs in what they have adopted and what they design against. Their architecture and ideas are diverse. Their work, from small renovation projects to inter-industry collaborations, projects in a variety of counties, and their efforts toward the reconstruction of disaster-affected areas, are all symbolic of the diverse values that exist today.
Now, especially after the East Japan earthquake, our understanding of the value of architecture is evolving, so what does the character of this new generation of architects signify? We hope youll see how their luminary meticulous styles and diverse individuality have the potential to expand the field of architecture.