Architect Kengo Kuma: The Pandemic Changed My Work



“I think we have gotten this pandemic because we are spoiling the earth,” says Japans internationally recognized architect Kengo Kuma in this short video about how the pandemic will change architecture. “We all have to change our way of thinking now. I want to change my architecture to be even more kind to nature.”

“This pandemic could be our chance to change our way of thinking. We could let this pandemic be a new start,” says Kengo Kuma. “In my opinion we should turn the history back and around. This is a very important turning point. Places where people live – roads and parks – will be more important from now on. “We cannot as before only think about what is inside. People have to get out and walk in nature. Cities hardly have any, they only have places for cars. We must create places so people can walk and relax outside.”

Kengo Kuma (born 1954) is considered one of the most significant contemporary Japanese architects. In 1987 he founded the Spatial Design Studio (now Kengo Kuma & Associates) and opened his Paris Studio in 2008. In 1987, he founded the Spatial Design Studio. In 1990, Kengo Kuma & Associates, his own studio was established. During the 1998–1999 academic year, he was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Environmental Information at Keio University. In 2008, Kuma earned a Ph.D. from Keio University. In October 2021 The Waseda International House of Literature (The Haruki Murakami Library) will open. Kuma is the designer of the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo which has been built for 2020 Summer Olympics.

Kengo Kuma was interviewed at his office in Tokyo by Mette Holm, in May 2020.

Camera: Yudai Maruyama
Edit: Kasper Bech Dyg
Produced by Christian Lund

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2021

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