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Japanese perfection

Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa and Arata Isozaki are the three godfathers who dominated the Japanese architectural mafia and whose names fell so expertly from the lips of architects all over the world even when they weren't too sure about the precise spelling.

The first two are dead although their web sites [ www.ktaweb.com and www.kisho.co.jp] carry on, the Kenzo Tange site having the unusual distinction of a four-page set of how-to-use-the-site instructions. Not a Don't-Make-Me-Think site then.

But the Isozaki site most certainly is. A model of rectitude, it simply lists the various sections in a grey strip across the top: Profile, Built and Unbuilt Projects, and so on. From the long scrollable projects list you can select only those names in blue – and you wonder if these are perhaps those Isozaki likes best. You search for a Back button until you realize that the discreet grey strip remains across the top of every page. So a bit of thinking after all.

I thought it might be a Firefox thing but even in clunky Internet Explorer the Publications page mainly consisted of rows of square boxes. Time for a bit of maintenance here. Oh and everything stops in 2005. Is that maintenance or has he stopped work? Nobody could tell me when this went to press.

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