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Lessons from Japan: a look at Century Housing System

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posted on 31.08.2017, 11:55 by Robert Schmidt III, Toru Eguchi, Simon Austin
Japanese traditional wooden houses are a good example of system architecture. Originating from Chinese temple construction, the housing is based on the distance between column centres known as a ken. Both the widths and depths of all spaces were multiples of this standard unit and formed the frame of reference for the remaining components – timber structure, tatami mats, doors, and even furniture. Modern housing moved away from this type of construction in an effort towards mass production. In the mid-70s, when the number of houses surpassed the number of households, a shift occurred from focusing on quantity to quality, and the emphasize returned to a more systemic approach in the context of the industrialized era inspired by a systems approach to schools in the UK (CLASP) and the US (SCSD). [Continues.]

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Managing Complexity by Modelling Dependencies - Proceedings of the 12th International DSM Conference

Pages

361 - 373

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SCHMIDT, R., EGUCHI, T. and AUSTIN, S., 2010. Lessons from Japan: a look at Century Housing System. IN: Proceedings of 2010 12th international Dependency and Structure Modelling conference (DSM'10): managing complexity by modelling dependencies, Cambridge, Great Britain, 22-23 July 2010, pp.361-373.

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Design Society

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2010

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9783446424739

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en

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