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Kurokawa, Kishō

Botond Bognar

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T048347

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(b Nagoya, April 8, 1934; d Tokyo, Oct 12, 2007).

Japanese architect and writer. He graduated in architecture from Kyoto University in 1957 and continued his studies in the PhD programme at Tokyo University under Kenzō Tange until 1964. They collaborated on numerous urban proposals, including Tange’s famous urban plan for Tokyo Bay (1960). Kurokawa also developed his own futuristic schemes, for example Space City (1960) and Helix City (1961). In 1962 he established his own office in Tokyo. Kurokawa was a founder-member of Metabolism in 1960 and contributed significantly to the Metabolist manifesto. He proved to be the most radical designer of the movement, promoting an architecture that used technologically advanced plug-in modules and clip-on capsule units suspended from a frame, which he felt would accommodate and represent elements of growth and change, a concept that underlined Metabolist theory. The use of capsules appeared in such works as the buildings he designed for the World Exposition (...

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Subjects: Architecture ; 20th-Century Art ; East Asian Art

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