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Based around an interview with Tadao Ando, this book explores the influence of the Buddhist concept of nothingness on Ando'¬"s Christian architecture, and sheds new light on the cultural significance of the buildings of one of the world'¬"s leading contemporary architects. Specifically, this book situates Ando'¬"s churches, particularly his world-renowned Church of the Light (1989), within the legacy of nothingness expounded by Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945), the father of the Kyoto Philosophical School. Linking Ando'¬"s Christian architecture with a philosophy originating in Mahayana Buddhism illuminates the relationship between the two religious systems, as well as tying Ando'¬"s architecture to the influence of Nishida on post-war Japanese art and culture.
Table of Contents
Emptiness and Christianity
Emptiness within Christianity
Return to Emptiness
The School of Things (Mono-ha) and its Criticism of Modernity
The Emergence of the School of Things and Space Design
The School of Things and Anti-Semiotics
The School of Things and Nothingness
Nothingness, Shintai and Christian Theology
Kitaro Nishida's Philosophy of Nothingness
Nothingness and Shintai
Nothingness and Christian Theology
Emptiness and the Cross
Emptiness and the Demise of Symbols
The Cross between Romanticism and Barbarism
Emptiness filled with Situational Appearance
Metaphysical Light and Phenomenological Light
Dark, Light and Gold
Emptiness , the Cross and Shintai
Shintai and Corporeality of Architectural Elements
The Penetrating Light and the Cross in Efficacy
Seeing in Emptiness
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