Kiyonori Kikutake

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Edo-Tokyo Museum, designed by Kiyonori Kikutake

Kiyonori Kikutake (菊竹 清訓, Kikutake Kiyonori) (April 1, 1928 – December 26, 2011) was an important Japanese architect. He start the Japanese Metabolist group of architects.[1] He also taught several important Japanese architects, such as Toyo Ito, Shōzō Uchii and Itsuko Hasegawa.

Early life[change | change source]

Kikutake was born in 1928 in Kurume, Japan. He graduated from Waseda University in 1950.[2]

Career[change | change source]

Kikutake's most important work is his "Marine City" project in 1958. This project became part of the Metabolist Manifesto at the World Design Conference in Tokyo in 1960. Kenzo Tange and Kisho Kurokawa were asked to show work at the "Visionary Architecture" exhibition in New York of 1961. This made the Metabolists known internationally.

He became assistant professor at Waseda University in 1959 in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He became a professor at Chiba Institute of Technology in 1989. He returned to Waseda from 1993-1998 as a visiting professor in the Research Institute for Science and Engineering.

Kikutake worked until he died in 2011. He designed several important public buildings in Japan. He also taught internationally. He was President and then Honorary President of the Japan Institute of Architects.

Awards[change | change source]

Kikutake won many awards both in Japan and internationally. These include the Japan Academy of Architecture Prize (1970) and the UIA (Union Internationale des Architectes) Auguste Perret Prize (1978).

List of works[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 日本を代表する建築家、菊竹清訓氏が死去 83歳 建築運動「メタボリズム」をリード (in Japanese). MSN. 2012-01-05. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  2. "Kiyonori Kikutake". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  • Kisho Kurokawa, "The Origin and History of the Metabolist Movement" - Charles Jencks, Kisho Kurokawa. Studio Vista, 1976
  • Botond Bognar, "Beyond the Bubble: Contemporary Japanese Architecture" ; Phaidon, 2008

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