The capsule living unit reconsidered a Utopia transformed reality

Michael, Gibert and Yaacob, Naziaty Mohd and Ali, Zuraini Md (2018) The capsule living unit reconsidered a Utopia transformed reality. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 26 (3). pp. 1405-1417. ISSN 0128-7702,

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The purpose of this paper is to seek a better understanding of why solely in Japan the concept of capsule living units has been perceived more than a mere utopia and seems to have “made sense” to a wide cultural audience as a possible housing alternative. For that purpose, a thorough literature review was conducted to bring about comprehensive understandings of this phenomenon through a historical review and a definition of the capsule as presented by the Metabolists in the 1960s, and through a comparison between its fundamentals and the one of its hypothetical ancestral precedent; the Japanese tea-hut.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Capsule hotel; Capsule living unit; Japanese tea-hut; Kisho Kurokawa; Metabolism
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 03:25
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 03:25

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