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Credit: Princeton Architectural Press

In Matter in the Floating World: Conversations With Leading Japanese Architects and Designers (Princeton Architectural Press, March 2011), contributing editor Blaine Brownell, AIA, tackles the nation whose per capita population of designers may be the highest in the world. In interviews with Shigeru Ban, Hon. AIA; Tadao Ando, Hon. FAIA; Kazuyo Sejima; and others, Brownell approaches Japan with a focus on materials—specifically surveying Japanese architecture in terms of light, atmosphere, flow, and emergence.