Book Explores Innovations of Modern Japanese Home Design

This photo provided by The Monacelli Press shows "House T," designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects/Tokyo, in Tokyo. (The Monacelli Press via AP)
This photo provided by The Monacelli Press shows "House T," designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects/Tokyo, in Tokyo. (The Monacelli Press via AP)

Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space, and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have...

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