Kengo Kuma

John Hill
12. December 2017
Photo courtesy of PLANE—SITE

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma spoke with PLANE—SITE in the third video of a series leading up to the GAA Foundation's Time-Space-Existence exhibition, planned as a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

In the short film recorded in the Tokyo office of Kengo Kuma & Associates, Kuma delves into his design process – the "slow process" of having a "conversation with a place" – and discusses how his work shifted to the countryside in the 1990s only to return to the city the following decade with lessons learned from local craftsmen. Although he doesn't know what the legacy of his practice might be, he is sure that things are slowly changing from "architecture as monument" to "architecture as environment" – a positive direction coming from an optimistic architect.

PLANE—SITE is producing a new series of videos, featuring protagonists from within the global architecture discourse. The video series will be exhibited in Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora as part of the GAA Foundation's Time-Space-Existence exhibition, opening in May 2018. World-Architects is serving as media partner for the Time-Space-Existence video series, which will see at least one new video per month until the exhibition's opening. The interview series has been made possible with the support of the European Cultural Centre.

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