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Metabolism is a search for connections between utopia and reality, a certain interpretation of the city and the human being, which aims to produce flexible shifting segments of municipalities that are able to grow, change and die without disturbing the main organism – the functionality of the city. Unsurprisingly, metabolism was born after World War II, which left many Japanese cities including Tokyo devastated. Broken identities of the cities called for a new approach, while uncertainty sowed ideas in the subconscious that the city must be ever changing and adapting to the needs of the society. Metabolists proposed the phenomenon of the future city which attempts to combine the continual transformation of the city, advancing technology and the key principles of Buddhism. Although many ideas of metabolists have until now mostly been confined to paper and left unimplemented, the movement has nonetheless changed the history and the perception of the city.
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Aims to draw attention to motifs of buildings that change architectural form and acquire different meanings. The collection beckons to experience the primal frame of reference, where simple urban motifs and shapes turn into utopian and realistic urban components able to unfold in the context of the transformation of the city.