EMERGENCIES: KAZUO SHINOHARA's 'Works & comments' about
"Works & Comments... about"
"Kazuo Shinohara about"
about "Works & Comments"
Kazuo Shinohara has been in practice since 1954, and is arguably the most influential architect of his generation among Japanese architects nowadays. His architecture has attracted attention since the beginning and has gone through different periods. Starting with a reflection on the traditional qualities of Japanese architecture, he has since payed attention to the abstract qualities of human mind and modern city, developing his projects accordingly. His observations about the chaotic qualities of Tokyo opened new ways of understanding the city. The last works produced in his Atelier since the mid 80's, deserve an attention that is not a look into the past but a glance of the future.
The questions that WAM wants to bring to these pages are the following: is Japanese current architecture and by extension/influence, the rest of contemporary architecture going to shift from materiality towards immateriality? To what extent have Shinohara's works and ideas influenced this situation? And finally, are the very last works by Shinohara up to the challenges that architecture has to face nowadays?
Born in Shizuoka (Japan), 1925
Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokodai), 1953
Professor of Architecture in Tokodai, 1970-1986
Shinohara Atelier, 1986-present.
Recent publications of his work include Kazuo Shinohara, Berlin: Ernst & Sohn, 1994; Centennial Hall, by David Stewart, Stuttgart: A. Menges, 1995; and a volume containing his complete works, including sketches and unbuilt projects, to be published in Tokyo in mid-July 1996.
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