Metabolism is actually a biological term which actually gives the description of the anabolic and katabolic processes which are required for a living body. This expression occurred for the very first time in the article by the urban sociologist Ernest Burgess which had been published for the very first time in the year 1925 in the book ‘The city’. This term had been used by the Burgess for the purpose elucidation of the processes and for the purpose of the transformation of the cities. This term had been used in order to define the view of cities. This term had been used because a city actually used as an organism and it grew and changed and also underwent some of the natural periods which had been related to the processes of disintegration and reintegration.
This term besides its biological connotation, this term had been used in context of some of the Buddhist values which had been given by the western commentators. This reflected and stressed on the patterns which had been related to the death and the rebirth. ‘Metabolism’ therefore could be translated in the expression Shinchintaisha which actually meant renewal or regeneration and had been closely related to the concepts of transmogrification and those of reincarnation as pointed out by Cherie Wendelken. Thus, the term carried the universal and also a scientific connotation (Kurokawa, 1988).
At the heart of the metabolist thinking, there was the reorganization between a society and the individual. The metabolists process includes the process of dissolution of the city in the ‘cells’ which actually corresponded to the breaking from the patriarchal family related structures and also to ensure strengthening of the position of the individual society of Japan (Sadler, 2005). A yet another historical model had been extended twice over the time period of 150 years, in the form of the asymmetrical plan as a process of exemplification of the Japanese tradition related to the metabolic ad cyclical ideas of growth.