Maymester in Japan explores aesthetics of architecture

The Shinjuku District in Tokyo, Japan.
The Shinjuku District in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Alexis Kurland

School of Architecture Professor David Heymann, with help from colleagues John Blood and Elizabeth Danze, led a Maymester to Japan with 16 students from the School of Architecture and College of Fine Arts.

View photos from the trip in undergraduate Alexis Kurland's blog.

Students explored the complexity and depth of Japanese aesthetic production and the profound influence it has had on Western architects, artists and designers. The Maymester provided young designers firsthand exposure to non-Western design aesthetic.

A selection of photos from Alexis Kurland. See more photos on her blog.

The Korakuen Garden in Okayama
The Korakuen Garden in Okayama. 
The Kanazawa Castle in in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
The Kanazawa Castle in in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. 
Mikimoto Ginza 2 in Tokyo, designed by Toyo Ito in 2005
Mikimoto Ginza 2 in Tokyo, designed by Toyo Ito in 2005.