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Maki, Fumihiko

Jacqueline E. Kestenbaum

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Tokyo, Sept 16, 1928).

Japanese architect, teacher, urban planner and writer. He studied with Kenzō Tange at the University of Tokyo (BArch, 1952), and then studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI (MArch, 1953), and at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (MArch, 1954). From 1954 to 1956 he worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York and Sert, Jackson & Associates in Cambridge, MA; he then taught at Washington University, St Louis (1956–62), and at Harvard (1962–5). In 1965 he returned to Tokyo and opened his own office. Maki’s background enabled him to synthesize a comprehensive understanding of Western architecture with a Japanese sensitivity to scale and detail. He made his architectural debut as an urban planner and founder-member of the Metabolist group in 1960. While he remained a convinced modernist in his use of new technology, modular planning and standardized construction, he was also interested in a contextual approach to design. One of his principal ideas, developed with ...

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

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