Finding Modern Japanese Bridges: Stone, Wood and Steel


  • Norihide Imagawa
  • Shinsuke Suematsu




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


In Japan where many earthquakes occur there is a certain standpoint about long–life architecture and bridges The relation between material and form is important for this standpoint. The reason is not only that materials have their own character, for example, physical and chemical properties, but also that form has its own individual character as load–bearing system. Without the relation between material and form, long–life architecture and bridges can’t be realized.

How to Cite

Imagawa, N., & Suematsu, S. (2011). Finding Modern Japanese Bridges: Stone, Wood and Steel. Docomomo Journal, (45), 62–67.




Author Biographies

Norihide Imagawa

Surgical architect, structural engineer, professor of Tokyo Denki University and chairman of TIS&PARTNERS Co. Ltd. He received the IASS Tsuboi Award, Structural Design Bridging Material and Space, 1999. His conservation work, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award, 2010.

Shinsuke Suematsu

Assistant structural engineer at TIS&PARTNERS Co. Ltd.


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