Tange Kenzō, (born September 4, , Ōsaka, Japan—died March 22, , Tokyo), one of the foremost Japanese architects in the decades following World. Born September 4, , Imabari, Shikoku Island, Japan; died of a heart ailment, March 22, , in Tokyo, Japan. Architect. Kenzo Tange was considered a. Kenzo Tange was born in Osaka, Japan on September 4, He and his family traveled between Japan and China for many years until settling on Shikoku.

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Pritzker PrizeBrutalism. Kenzo Tange September 4, — March 22, was a Japanese architect, and winner of the Pritzker Prize for architecture. He was one of the significant architects of the 20th century, combining tznge Japanese styles with modernism, and designed major buildings on five continents.

Strongly influenced by Le Corbusier ‘s books, Kenzo Tange was also an influential protagonist of the movement structuralism. InTange won the architecture competition for design of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima city, four years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in For Tange it was the city’s ‘spiritual core.

His Pritzker Prize citation described it as “among the most beautiful buildings of the 20th century. Early life Tange spent his early life in the Chinese cities of Hankow and Shanghai; he and his family returned to Japan after learning of the death of one of his uncles. In contrast to the green lawns and red bricks in their Shanghai abode, the Tange family took up residence in a thatched roof farmhouse in Imabari on the island of Shikoku.

After finishing middle school, Tange moved to Hiroshima in to attend high school. It was here that he first encountered the works of Swiss modernist, Le Corbusier.

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giography His discovery of the drawings of the Palace of the Soviets in a foreign bilgraphy journal convinced him to become an architect. Although he graduated buography high school, Tange’s poor results in mathematics and buography meant that he had to pass entrance exams to qualify for admission to the prestigious universities. He spent two years doing so and during that time, he read extensively about western philosophy.

Tange also enrolled in the film division at Nihon University’s art department to dodge Japan’s drafting of young men to its military and seldom attended classes. In Tange began the tertiary studies he desired at University of Tokyo’s architecture department.

He studied under Hideto Kishida and Shozo Uchida. Although Tange was fascinated by the photographs of Katsura villa that sat on Kishida’s desk, his work was inspired by Le Corbusier. His graduation project was a seventeen-hectare development set in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park. Early career After graduating from the university, Tange started to work as an architect at the office of Kunio Maekawa.

During his employment, he travelled to Manchuria, participating in an architectural design competition for a bank, and toured Japanese-occupied Jehol on his return.

He developed an interest in urban design, and referencing only the resources available in the university library, he embarked on a study of Greek and Roman marketplaces. He was awarded first prize for a design that would have been situated at the base of Mount Fuji; the hall he conceived was a fusion of Shinto shrine architecture and the plaza on Capitoline Hill in Rome.


The design was not realised.

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InTange became an assistant professor at the university and opened Tange Laboratory. Inhe was promoted to professor of the Department of Urban Engineering. eknzo

Post war reconstruction Tange’s interest in urban studies put him in a good position to handle post war reconstruction. In the summer of he was invited by the War Damage Rehabilitation Board to put forward a proposal for certain war damaged cities; he submitted plans for Hiroshima and Maebashi. His biographt for an airport in Kanon was accepted and built, but a seaside park in Ujina was not.

Kenzoo Hiroshima authorities took a lot of advice about the city’s reconstruction from foreign consultants and in Tam Deling, an American park planner, suggested to build a Peace Memorial and to preserve buildings situated near ground zero directly below the explosion of the atomic biogrraphy. In the authorities enacted the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Reconstruction Act, which gave the city access to special grant aid, and in August that year, an international competition was announced for the design of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Tange was awarded first prize for a design that proposed a museum whose hange runs through the park, intersecting Peace Boulevard and the atomic bomb dome. The building is raised on massive piloti bipgraphywhich frame the views along the structure’s axis. The international design community was focused kenzp Japan and the Tokyo World Design Conference scheduled for As the program chairman for the conference, Kenzo Tange was inspired to work on a proposal for a large-scale urban kenzl scheme.

During his visiting professorship txnge the Massachusetts Institute of Technology inKenzo Tange worked for four months with a fifth-year design studio on an urban design scheme that would accommodate housing for 25, people over the Boston Bay.

This experience helped to develop and clarify Kenzo Tange’s ideas on a plan for Tokyo. The plan proposed a linear organized matrix for Tokyo Bay, which was to be an extension of the uncontrolled expansion of the city proper. This urban matrix was an adaptation of Kenzo Tange’s architectural notions of structural order, expression, and urban “communication space.

The Tokyo biograph led Kenzo Kenzk to begin an architectural exploration of the plastic nature of suspended structural form in his design for Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo This exploration demonstrated a significant break with Kenzo Tange’s Corbusian past and cul minated in his design for the Olympic Sports Hall, Tokyo Inthe first megastructural complex combining Kenzo Tange’s notions of structural expression and the metabolists’ notions of growth systems was constructed.

Kenzo Tange continued to develop the ideas brought together in the Yamanashi Press and Bradcasting Center. The KUwait Embassy and Chancery Building in Tokyo and the University of Oran proposal in Algeria each demonstrate further development of a metabolic architecture that suggests incompleteness, flexibility, and the potential for change and growth.

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The international oil crisis and popular skepticism, in the mids, of large-scale urban projects based on megastructures reduced the bikgraphy of projects of this type in Japan. Most of Kenzo Tange’s practice shifted to the developing, oil-rich Arab countries where Kenzo Tange continued to apply his stmcturalist-metabolistic ideas to projects such as the Moroccan Capital and International Congress Hall Kenzo Tange’s smaller, bioography projects reflect his return to the aesthetics of the late modern movement, as can be seen in the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts Building, Minnesotathe Hanae Moi Building in Tokyoand the Akasaka Biogralhy Hotel, Tokyo Kenzo Tange’s interest in old Japanese traditions, in which many of his aesthetic principles have their roots, has been demonstrated by Kenzo Tange’s collaboration with Naburo Kawazoe on the following publications: Prototype of Japanese Architecture Later career During the s and s Tange expanded his portfolio to include buildings in over 20 countries around the world.

Inat the behest of Jacques Chirac, the mayor of Paris at that time, Biographhy proposed a master plan for a plaza at Place d’Italie that would interconnect the city along an east-west axis. For the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, which opened inTange designed a large civic centre with a plaza dominated by two skyscrapers. These house the administration offices whilst a smaller seven-storey building contains assembly facilities.

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In his design of a high tech version of Kofu Communications Centre, Tange equipped all three buildings with state-of-the-art building management systems that monitored air quality, light levels and security. The external skin of the building makes dual references to both tradition and the modern condition.

Tange incorporated vertical and horizontal lines reminiscent of both timber boarding and the lines on semiconductor boards. Tange continued to practice until three years before his death in He disliked postmodernism in the s and considered this style of architecture to be only “transitional architectural expressions”.

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His funeral was held in one of his works, the Tokyo Cathedral. Legacy The modular expansion of Tange’s Metabolist visions had some influence on Archigram with their plug-in mega structures.

The Metabolist movement gave momentum to Kikutake’s career. Although the Osaka Expo had marked a decline in the Metabolist movement, it resulted in a “handing over” of the reigns to a younger generation of architects such as Kazuo Shinohara and Arata Isozaki. In an interview with Jeremy Melvin at the Royal Academy of Arts, Kengo Kuma explained that, at the age of ten, he was inspired to become an architect after seeing Tange’s Olympic arenas, which were constructed in For Reyner Banham, Tange was a prime exemplar of the use of Brutalist architecture.

Brutalist architecture has been criticised for being soulless and for promoting the exclusive use of a material that is poor at withstanding long exposures to natural biorgaphy.

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