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Kuma Kengo


Grants Awarded

1985 | Architecture | United States

to serve as visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, for eight months beginning in November 1985


Exhibition / United States

TSUNAGU: Connecting to the Architectore of Kengo Kuma

February 4, 2016 - February 29, 2016

Tsunagu: Connecting to the Architecture of Kengo Kuma focuses on Kuma’s design for the Portland Japanese Garden’s Cultural Crossing project, his first public commission in North America.

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Grantee: Kuma Kengo

Exhibition / United Kingdom

Festival of Architecture 2016 | Pop Up Cities Expo

June 21, 2016 - July 17, 2016

The exhibition builds on the universal success of temporary pavilions and the popularity of present-day pop-ups. Architects have risen to the challenge of creating innovative and engaging pop-up designs that will capture the public’s imagination.

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Special Event / Japan

Kengo Kuma: A LAB for Materials

March 3, 2018 - May 6, 2018

With enormous projects inside and outside Japan, world-class architect and ACC alumnus Kengo Kuma (b. 1954) is constantly on the move. This exhibition is a major survey of his projects from the past 30 years, projects underpinned by Kuma's intimate knowledge of Eastern and Western thought, both past and present, and his own innovative concepts, which include ideas on “makeru kenchiku (losing architecture)” and “shizen na kenchiku (natural architecture).” The exhibition focuses in particular on materials, which Kuma has dialoged with extensively through his work. It organizes his architecture, product designs and other achievements not chronologically but rather by the category of primary material, including bamboo, wood, paper, stone and earth, in an attempt to provide an overview of Kuma's work from the standpoint of “things.” 

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Grantee: Kuma Kengo

East-West Dialogues: Kengo Kuma Vision of Architecture Beyond 2020

November 12, 2019

World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma received an ACC Fellowship in 1985 to serve as a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. His work takes inspiration from nature and natural materials in a modernistic approach that explores the recovery and revitalization of the traditional aesthetics of Japanese architecture. The New National Stadium in Tokyo, is on view in Japan Society's  exhibition, Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020. Kuma will share his recent projects and dynamic vision beyond 2020 through his holistic approach in creating architecture in harmony with the environment towards a new quality of living.

If you missed it, see the live-streamed video here!

About East-West Dialogues
East-West Dialogues* is ACC's annual lecture series that engages distinguished thought leaders from the arts and cultural fields in Asia and the West. The series aims to encourage critical thinking and promote cross-cultural dialogue, exchange and understanding to further the mission of the Asian Cultural Council. This year's East-West Dialogue is co-organized and co-presented by Asian Cultural Council and Japan Society.

*East-West Dialogues was established by a generous endowment gift from Tsuneko and Shoji Sadao.

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