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Tadao Ando (1941) - Japanese self-taught architect approach to architecture and landscape was categorized by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co as "critical regionalism". Photo by Irving Penn


This is an interesting view of Salmela, displaying what might be called critical regionalism while somewhat deceptively being devoid of the modernist boxiness present in much of his work.

Tadao Ando is an architect whose approach to architecture was once categorised as critical regionalism. Ando has led a storied life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field. travelled (between 1962 and 1969) extensively, studying first-hand the architecture of Japan, Europe, America and Africa. In 1969 he founded his own practice in Osaka.