Famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is coming to the Netherlands on 17 September and will kick-off the new 1Lectures season with his lecture in the Zuiderkerk. Kuma talks about his work in cities all over the world, including London, Tokyo and Dundee. The 1lectures is opened by Esther Agricola, director Physical Planning and Sustainability at the City of Amsterdam.
Please note, we do not have a waiting list
The Local Character
urban planning, spatial and architectural qualities are important parts of the work field of the Physical Planning and Sustainability Department within the City of Amsterdam. In the current, rapid growth of the city, questions about the image and character, tradition and innovation are also becoming increasingly important.
These very subjects are central to Kengo Kuma’s buildings and books. Whether it concerns a mobile, wooden eatery, or the Olympic stadium and the Shibuya Station Tower under construction in Tokyo, recognisable in the architecture of Kengo Kuma is the way of combining tradition and innovation and sensitivity to the relationship with urban public space. His search for the local character, the “uniqueness of the place”, is very relevant to the questions Amsterdam now faces.
About Kengo Kuma
Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a Professor of Architecture.
Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida.
During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo.
Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.
This lecture is the result of collaboration between the Amsterdam Architecture Centre, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and the Municipality of Amsterdam. Due to expected great interest we move the lecture from the Academy to the Zuiderkerk.
The introduction of the lecture will be held by Esther Agricola (head Ruimte & Duurzaamheid) and will be moderated by Yvonne Franquinet (Architecture centre of Amsterdam) and Jan Richard Kikkert (Academy of Architecture)
1Lectures Kengo Kuma
Date: Monday 17 September 2018.
Time: 20.00 start of lecture / 19.30 doors open
Location: Zuiderkerk, Zuiderkerkhof 72, 1011 WB Amsterdam.
Tickets: SOLD OUT €10,-
Available online from our ticket page or below
Academy of Architecture Students: SOLD OUT – All tickets are reserved.
About the 1Lectures
Since 2014, the Amsterdam Architecture Centre has been organising the 1-Lectures in collaboration with the Academy of Architecture. This series of architectural lectures provides a platform for speakers from home and abroad to talk about a variety of topics from the international world of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture.