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Kenzō Tange

Kenzo Tange in Amsterdam in 1981
Born (1913-09-04)4 September 1913
Osaka, Japan
Died 22 March 2005(2005-03-22) (aged 91)
Tokyo, Japan
Alma mater The University of Tokyo
Occupation Architect
Awards Pritzker Prize, RIBA Gold Medal, AIA Gold Medal, Order of Culture, Praemium Imperiale, Order of Sacred Treasures
Practice 1946 Tange Laboratory
1961 The Urbanists and Architects Team
Kenzo Tange Associates
Buildings Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Plan for Skopje, Tokyo Olympic arenas, St Mary’s Cathedral

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.
Kenzo Tange
Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.
Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself.
Kenzo Tange
In my opinion, further consideration of those views will help us find a way out of the current impasse, and reveal to us the kinds of buildings and cities required by the informational society.
Kenzo Tange
There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart. There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart.
Kenzo Tange
Technological considerations are of great importance to architecture and cities in the informational society.
Kenzo Tange
I am aware of changes gradually taking place in my own designs as part of my thinking on this matter.
Kenzo Tange
I feel however, that we architects have a special duty and mission… (to contribute) to the socio-cultural development of architecture and urban planning.
Kenzo Tange