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Origami City book cover

Origami City

by Shuki Kato and Jordan Langerak

Published:
2015 by Rockport
Pages:
144
Binding:
Spiral-bound
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9781631590269
ISBN-10:
163159026X

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

Skill Level Simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Yes

Overall Impression

An interesting book with an unusual theme, Origami City collects city and landmark-themed designs from two talented contemporary origami designers. Designs range from things you're likely to find in a city, such as houses, traffic signs and even a pigeon, to well known landmarks from around the world like the Empire State Building, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Tokyo tower and many more.

Difficulty level varies from the relatively simple car and stop sign to the quite complex buildings. Most designs tend to be on the complex side, though, so I would not recommend the book to absolute beginners. The diagrams, while in good quality, are small, dark purple and yellow, so geezers like me should work under sufficient light.

One complaint that I'd bet the authors hear a lot, is that the index lists many designs which, while featured as photos in the book, have no instructions whatsoever (Statue of Liberty, where art thou?). Maybe in volume 2?

The production throughout is appealing, with lovely photos and some flavor text on each design, and spiral binding to keep the book flat while folding. Also included with the book is a stack of high quality paper for folding. This is not typical origami paper as it stronger, and is the same color on both sides, but it matches the projects quite well.

There are 30 Origami Designs in Origami City:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
House

Buildings

Jordan Langerak (Langko)20Square
Car

Vehicles - Cars

Shuki Kato24Square
Stop sign

Symbols

Shuki Kato26SquareOrigami Stop sign by Shuki Kato Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Sign post

Objects

Shuki Kato28Square
Fire hydrant

Objects

Shuki Kato30SquareOrigami Fire hydrant by Shuki Kato Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Mail box

Objects

Jordan Langerak (Langko)33Square
Park bench

Objects - Furniture

Jordan Langerak (Langko)36Square
Pigeon

Birds - Columbiformes - Pigeons

Jordan Langerak (Langko)38Square
The Washington Monument

Landmarks

Shuki Kato44SquareOrigami The Washington Monument by Shuki Kato Folded from a square of cardstock by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
The White House

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)48SquareOrigami The White House by Jordan Langerak (Langko) Folded from a square of elephant-hide by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
The Empire State Building

Landmarks

Shuki Kato50SquareOrigami The Empire State Building by Shuki Kato Folded from a square of paper included with the kit by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Middle of the Earth

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)57Square
Christ the Redeemer

Landmarks

Shuki Kato60Square
Big ben

Landmarks

Shuki Kato66Square
Canary Wharf

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)70Square
Eiffel tower

Landmarks

Shuki Kato74Square
Le Louvre Pyramid

Landmarks

Shuki Kato79Square
Arc de Triomphe

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)84SquareOrigami Arc de Triomphe by Jordan Langerak (Langko) Folded from a square of scrapbooking paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
The Colosseum

Landmarks

Shuki Kato86Square
The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)89SquareOrigami The Leaning Tower of Pisa by Jordan Langerak (Langko) Folded from a square of elephant-hide by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
The Pantheon

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)92SquareOrigami The Pantheon by Jordan Langerak (Langko) Folded from a square of elephant-hide by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Giza pyramid

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)98Square
Sphinx

Landmarks

Shuki Kato102Square
Burj Khalifa

Landmarks

Shuki Kato108Square
Burj Al Arab

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)112Square
Taipei 101

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)116Square
The Bank of China Tower

Landmarks

Jordan Langerak (Langko)120SquareOrigami The Bank of China Tower by Jordan Langerak (Langko) Folded from a square of American foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Tokyo tower

Landmarks

Shuki Kato124SquareOrigami Tokyo tower by Shuki Kato on giladorigami.com
Folded by Shuki Kato
Torii

Landmarks

Shuki Kato134SquareOrigami Torii by Shuki Kato Folded from a square of Japanese foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Sydney Opera House

Landmarks

Shuki Kato138Square