Yuusuke Karasawa is an architect who leverages the use of computers to create a variety of designs. The field remains a frontier in Japan, and it is here Karasawa garnered attention for the dynamic framework of the residential building "s-house." The book unravels the mystery of how one designs using a computer, with each graphic hinting at the mechanisms at play and at last solving the origins of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects. What is revealed is a method of modeling with algorithms. Imagine entering commands like cut, fold, or stretch and generating a shape that was the result of mathematic calculations. Doubters and naysayers fearing such methods output only ersatz architectural spaces must contend with Yuusuke Karasawa, whose algorithmic architecture reveals the connections of spaces and diversifies and enriches these networks. An additional graphic is included in the book for readers: "Network Diagram" uses abstract figures to convey the intriguing nature of space.
- Yuusuke Karasawa
Born in Tokyo in 1976. Architect, and President of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects. Graduated with an MA in Architecture and Urban Design from Keio University in 2001. Worked at MVRDV as a trainee for the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artist from 2002 to 2003, and after working at Shigeru Ban Architects from 2004 to 2005, established Yuusuke Karasawa Architects in 2006. He explores architecture and urban space created by algorithmic method and thinking. He was the chief editor of the special issue "Algorithmic thinking and architecture" on "10+1" magazine vol.48 (INAX publishing, 2007). He won D&AD Awards (England) Spatial Design Category in 2011. His works have been presented in major exhibitions including, among others, "The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945" (MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Barbican Centre, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 2016-2017), and "Japan-ness. Architecture and urbanism in Japan since 1945" (Centre Pompidou-Metz 2017-2018). The model of "s-house" is stored in Centre Pompidou's collection.