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Kengo Kuma: Complete Works: Expanded Edition

Kengo Kuma: Complete Works: Expanded Edition

Current price: $75.00
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
ISBN:
9780500343425
Pages:
352
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Description

The comprehensive monograph—now expanded—on one of Japan’s most important living architects

Since establishing his practice in 1990, Kengo Kuma has brought contemporary vigor to Japan’s already rich modern architectural heritage and developed projects far beyond his native country. Influenced by a period at Columbia University in New York and by the lessons of his mentor, Hiroshi Hara, Kuma has forged his own pared-back language: responsive to local nature and traditional construction, entirely contemporary in its execution, yet rooted in a Japanese sensibility.

The experience of his buildings is hypnotic and highly sensory. Much of this powerful effect is achieved by Kuma’s deft, sometimes dramatic, use of materials. Projects in the past five years alone include two museums in France, landscape projects in Italy, hotels and large- scale retail and commercial projects in China, and numerous projects in Japan, including a kindergarten.

Published to coincide with the opening of Kuma’s new Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland, with the architect’s direct involvement, this volume, expanded to include five new projects, offers unparalleled insight into the mind of one of the great architects of the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Kengo Kuma established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990 and went on to become professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo, in 2009. He is widely known as a prolific writer and philosopher and has designed many buildings in Japan and around the world. He is also the author of several books, including Anti-Object and Kyokai: A Japanese Technique for Articulating Space.

Kenneth Frampton was born in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. From 1972 to 2019 he served as Ware professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2018, he was awarded the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. His publications include Studies in Tectonic Culture: the Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century ArchitectureLabour, Work and Architecture: Collected Essays on Architecture and DesignAmerican Masterworks: The Twentieth-Century HouseKengo Kuma: Complete WorksA Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built FormModern Architecture: A Critical History; and Le Corbusier.

Praise for Kengo Kuma: Complete Works: Expanded Edition

Each building is presented through descriptive text, newly commissioned photographs, and detailed drawings that reveal the refined architectonic vocabulary that characterizes Kuma’s buildings.
— North Carolina Modernist Houses