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Kengo Kuma – My Life as an Architect in Tokyo

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Kengo Kuma, architect of the Tokyo Olympics stadium, gives a personal tour of Tokyo’s key buildings.

In the intervening five or so decades, he has become one of the world's most fascinating and influential architects. His design of the National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics provides a poetic circularity to his career as an architect, and an opportunity for him to reflect on his own development. Kuma is known throughout the world for his formally daring and materially expressive buildings, recognized for his inventive use of traditional materials, and his use of innovative materials in vernacular forms. He is perhaps less known for his work inside his native Japan, where he works actively towards the preservation of ancient building techniques and craft.
 

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