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Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 18:30 - 20:00


"Tokyo and Architecture beyond 2020"

Kuma Kengo, Architect & Professor of Tokyo University

Language: The speech will be in English and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.


Less than a month before Japan's New National Stadium is completed in time to host the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, its designer Kengo Kuma comes to the Club to share his vision on architecture beyond his milestone achievement.

As the new stadium dazzles with its wooden exterior looming over the lush greenery of the Meiji Shrine Outer Garden, the Japanese architect's office says they aim to design architecture that "naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings" while they remain "constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel."

In a message to an annual conference of the International Council of Museums in Kyoto in September, Kuma stated architecture is changing into an "intermediary that connects people and places again" in a post-industrial age, no longer boasting "big and strong" structures. Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing, which opened last year in the Chinese capital, won the "Luxury Art Hotel of the Year" award in October as its overall design directed by Kuma features natural woods and it stands next to a large green park.

Born in Yokohama in 1954, Kuma received his master's degree in architecture from the University of Tokyo in 1979 and established his firm, Kengo Kuma & Associates, in 1990. The office has designed wide-ranging projects in over 20 countries and won a host of prestigious awards including the 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the 2009 Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and the 2016 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. Now 65, he is due to retire in March 2020 as a professor of architecture at the University of Tokyo, a post he has held since 2009.

Doors open for TV crews only at 17:30, all others at 18:00.Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). To attend this event, the diner charge for members is 4,500 yen and for non-members 6,000 yen and registration/cancellation deadlines are 24 hours before the event. Reservations and cancellations are not completewithout confirmation. Please note dinner will not be served after the speech begins and working journalists and student members can attend the event after the meal service for free.

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*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for each affiliate networks.

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