Architecture has to do with planning and designing a space and within it an ambience that reflects several aspects: technical, functional but also social and environmental. It should also respond to an aesthetic need and serve as a source of inspiration for the future. Therefore, architects are more than just “creator of architectures”: their vision and concept interacts within a wider political and strategical dimension.
As one of the most significant contemporary Japanese architects, Kengo Kuma will share his thoughts about the reshaping that the city of Tokyo is undergoing toward 2020. With all the worlds’ eyes on the city, how will architecture respond?
Date: June 10th, 2016 (Fri)
Time: 12:30 – 14:00
Venue: Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan
FBR Mita Bldg 9F, 4-1-27 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Kengo Kuma was born in 1954 in Yokohama (Japan). He completed his master’s degree in architecture at the University of Tokyo in 1979. From 1985 to 1986 he studied at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. He taught at Keio University from 2001 to 2008 as professor, and in 2009 he was installed as Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo.
Among Kuma’s major early works are Kiro-san Observatory (1994), the guest house Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), the Noh Stage in Forest at the Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received in 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art (2000, received The Murano Prize), Great Bamboo Wall in China (2002).
Recent works include Suntory Museum (2007), Nezu Museum (2009, Tokyo), Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010, Yusuhara), Asakusa Culture Tourism Information Center (2012, Tokyo), the Nagaoka City Hall (2012, Nagaoka), The 5th Kabukiza (2013, Tokyo), Kyushu Geibunkan (2013), Tokyo Central Post Office KITTE (2013), Toshima City Hall (Tokyo, 2015), Toyama Kirari – Toyama Glass Art Museum and City Library (2015) and Komatsu Seiren Fabo (2015). Completed projects outside Japan include: Besançon Art Center and Cité de la Musique (2012) , FRAC (Fond Regional d’Art Contemporaine) Marseille (2013), Darius Milhaud Coservatory of Music (2013), Entrepot Macdonald (Education and Sport Complex, 2014), Lyon Confluence HIKARI (2015), China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum (2015). A number of large projects are also in progress internationally, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum building in Dundee (Scotland), University Multifunction Center at EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland), Saint Denis station (France), Albert Kahn Museum (France), Padova Convention Center (Italy). Kengo Kuma & Associates are also working on the new national stadium of Japan along with Taisei Corporation and Azusa Sekkei.
Kengo Kuma was awarded with the International Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award in 2002 (Finland), International Architecture Awards for the Best New Global Design for Chokkura Plaza and Shelter in 2007 and Energy Performance + Architecture Award in 2008 (France). He is an International Fellow of RIBA in UK and Honorary Fellow of AIA of the US.
He has also written numerous books and most of the titles have been translated into Chinese and Korean. His major writings, Anti-Object, Natural Architecture, Small Architecture have been published in English from AA Publications, the book department of AA School, UK’s prestigious architecture institution.