On Destroying A (Decrepit) Gem Of Japanese Metabolism

Kisho Kurokawa’s 1972 Nakagin Capsule Tower, in Tokyo, is likely to be demolished, undervalued like so much postwar architecture. “[F]or many of us who believe that the way we treat our cultural patrimony is a fair measure of how enlightened we are as a society, the building’s demolition would be a bitter loss. The Capsule Tower is not only gorgeous architecture; like all great buildings, it is the crystallization of a far-reaching cultural ideal.”