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Lecture About tradition and mastery

Theaterzaal Ledeberg, Gent

The mastery in Japan defies all imagination. Not only in the control of the architectural space, choice of materials and masterful detailing, but also in the surrender of knowledge.

Trip 日本 Japan /03/2018

Japan

We travel through the land of the rising sun for two weeks. A balanced architectural mix of contemporary, traditional and modern. But also culture, nature, art and … Japanese life is explicitly present.

Trip expo visit Centre Pompidou Metz /12/2017

Centre Pompidou, Metz - Frankrijk

The Center Pompidou in Metz presents two exhibits two Japonese exhibitions: the architecture expo’JAPAN-NESS’ makes a connection from 1945 to the present and the art expo ‘JAPANORAMA’ depicts Japanese contemporary art after 1970’s.

Trip between Zen and Chaos /04/1998

Tokyo, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Kyoto...

Besides the classical Japan, we visit the highlights of the Japanese postwar modernism and is mainly the current architecture very well represented in Tokyio, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Yatsushiro, Osaka and Nara.

Trip München-Gladbach, Frankfurt, Köln... /06/1985

München-Gladbach, Frankfurt, Köln...

A varied program with the recent architectural landscape of Hollein, the valiant expressionism of Bohm in the 60s, the Japanese purism of Mayekawa and the postmodern collages by Guchez and Numez.

Kunio Maekawa

Kunio Maekawa (°Niigata, 14 May 1905 – †Tokyo, 26 June 1986) was a Japanese architect and a key figure of modern Japanese architecture.

Kunio Mayekawa entered First Tokyo Middle School in 1918, and then Tokyo Imperial University in 1925. After graduation in 1928, he travelled to France to apprentice with Le Corbusier. In 1930 he returned to Japan and worked with Antonin Raymond (a student of Frank Lloyd Wright), and in 1935 established his own office Mayekawa Kunio Associates. His own house has been described as his starting point, in which he brought the idea of piloti inside the house, to create a two-storey space. The original house has been dismantled and relocated to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

In 1955 he designed and build his first project: the Kanagawa Concert Hall and Library. His perhaps most famous work, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park was completed in 1961. The building contains a main, large concert hall, a recital hall, as well as a rehearsal room and a music library.