Traditional Japanese carpentry is known throughout the world for the skill of its craftsmen. a+u 19:02 explores architecture built using traditional Japanese tools and methods. Featuring the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, which exhibits the history, tools, and techniques of the daiku (carpenters) throughout the years. The wisdom of the craftsman over each era come together to form the historical knowledge of Japanese "craftsmanship". This idea is reinforced with the introduction of projects by Takenaka Corporation which combine traditional methods with modern techniques to continue the building tradition. A conversation with three master craftsmen reveals their journey from apprentices and their future goals in preserving the methods that were handed down to them. Text in English and Japanese.
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a+u - Architecture and Urbanism - is a monthly architectural magazine established in 1971 that highlights the work and activities of top contemporary architects from around the world. a+u features architecture and a broad range of other new design sources in a well-presented format.