Spotlight: Kenzo Tange

  • 04 Sep 2014
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Kenzo Tange (4 September 1913-22 March 2005), the Pritzker-Prize Winning Japanese architect who helped define Japan’s post-WWII emergence into Modernism, would have turned 101 today. Inspired by Le CorbusierTange decided to study architecture at the University of Tokyo in 1935. He worked as an urban planner, helping to rebuild Hiroshima after World War II, and gained international attention in 1949, when his design for the Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park was selected. Tange continued to work in and theorize about Urban Planning throughout the 50s; his “Plan for Tokyo 1960″ re-thought urban structures and heavily influenced the Metabolist movement.

Although his style was modernist, as can be seen in his Yoyogi National Gymnasium and St. Mary Cathedral, Tange was also inspired by Japanese history and culture. He was quoted as saying: “Architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart, but even then, basic forms, spaces and appearances must be logical. Creative work is expressed in our time as a union of technology and humanity. The role of tradition is that of a catalyst, which furthers a chemical reaction, but is no longer detectable in the end result. Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself.”

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Check out Tange’s works on ArchDaily:

Story via The Pritzker Prize and Wikipedia

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Spotlight: Kenzo Tange" 04 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • innovus décors

    Amazing designs!
    Speaking of the Pritzker, we actually did an infographic to display the story of the Prize a while back:

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  • đuonguyb binh

    in Asia’s culture , we believe that if you died , you would have a new life in another life … mean nothing is forever , everything is alway changing , reincarnation ! i thing this is a point in the Metabolist of Kenzo Tange !
    I don’t understand all of the Metabolist statement , but i thing it really interesting . We can learn alot of thing from this architectural . So i just want to say thank Kenzo Tange for everything he did and the lessons for the generation later ! “Thanks you so much” .

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