I finally got Kazuo Shinohara’s doctoral dissertation, which was not even in the National Diet Library. I read on the plane. There are three conclusions, the most famous being
“The composition of Japanese architecture is division, the composition of Western architecture is connection”
The second is
“Relationship between roof and base, surrounding edge, floor height and roof height”
the third is
“Japanese architecture has frontality”
Quite a large amount of materials (It says that this material was selected by Profesor Hirai, who was his senior, but I imagine that this paper would not have been possible without Mr. Hirai.)
To be honest, I thought it was a logical development with strong subjectivity peculiar to Professor Shinohara, but after reading it, I was fully convinced. I thought that this was a pretty wonderful theory of Japanese architecture when it was made into a book. not historical though.
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