Kenzo Tange in Amsterdam in 1981
4 September 1913|
|Died||22 March 2005
|Alma mater||The University of Tokyo|
|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.
Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself.
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.
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.
Technological considerations are of great importance to architecture and cities in the informational society.
I am aware of changes gradually taking place in my own designs as part of my thinking on this matter.
I feel however, that we architects have a special duty and mission… (to contribute) to the socio-cultural development of architecture and urban planning.