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Thames & Hudson, February 2021
Hardcover | 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches | 128 pages | 50 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0500343616 | $24.95
Tokyo is Japan’s cultural and commercial epicenter, bursting with vibrancy and life. Its buildings, both historical and contemporary, are a direct reflection of its history and its people.
Kengo Kuma was only ten years old when he found himself so inspired by Tokyo’s cityscape that he decided to become an architect. Here he tells the story of his career through twenty-five inspirational buildings in the city. Kuma’s passion is evident on every page, as well as his curiosity about construction methods and his wealth of knowledge about buildings around the world, making this a unique commentary on Tokyo’s dynamic architecture.
Kengo Kuma is one of the world’s leading architects and a professor in the department of architecture at the University of Tokyo. He is widely known as a prolific writer and philosopher and has designed many buildings in Japan and around the world. He is the architect of the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Yoyogi National Gymnasium is also the first building discussed by Kengo Kuma in My Life as an Architect in Tokyo, a compact, breezy book whose release coincides fairly well with the Olympic Games. In it, Kuma describes buildings his firm has designed and building that have influenced him, structured as a clockwise tour through a half-dozen “villages” in the Japanese metropolis: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Mejiro, Ikebukuro, Ueno, and Shinbashi. The book follows the circular Yamanote Line, which he draws in the introduction (second spread, below); the book alternates between buildings by other architects on beige paper and his own buildings on white paper.