Thames & Hudson Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo
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In Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo, published by Thames & Hudson, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma goes through his professional journey to one of the most interesting names in his field. The book explores the story of Kuma, one of the most successful architects of his generation, from the moment he decided to become an architect at the age of ten, offering also perspectives on design, Japanese culture and Kuma's personal, heart-warming ethos of drawing buildings that have a deeper meaning. It was around Kengo Kuma’s tenth birthday that he came into contact with Kenzō Tange’s fishlike Yoyogi National Gymnasium, completed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and determined that he would become an architect. In the intervening five or so decades, he has become one of the world’s most fascinating and influential architects. Through twenty-five stories, this intimate little publication paints a picture of how a building inspired a boy to become an architect, how Japan’s national heritage helped form his thinking, and how his professional experience has made him one of the most successful architects of his generation. This book contains something for everyone: design acumen, insights into Japanese culture, a tour of Tokyo and the heartfelt commitment to producing buildings that have meaning and longevity.
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