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Kisho Kurokawa

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Cristina Lelli

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Kisho Kurokawa

THE AGE OF LIFE Eternity VS Impermanence
Life as a new paradigm
From the machine age to the age of life. From the Machine Age to the Age of Life
The Architecture of Metabolism futuristic, high tech architecture, by:
life forms
autonomy of parts, sub-systems, local flavours
traditions are hidden like DNA but always present
architecture and city like living beings
intermediary, indefinite zones for relations
Kisho Kurokawa was born in Nagoya, Japan, in 1934.
He devoted his life in developing his theories about the "age of life" as opposed to the "age of machine".
In the end of the 50s he was cofounder of the
Metabolist Movement.
He died in 2007, leaving a wide variety of works. Metabolism I Metabolism II living cell: growth, division, transformation, recycling
capsules are the architectural cells: deconstruction, plurality
more effective for factories nervous system: dynamic stability, movement and growth
hierarchical structure, but no part loses its autonomy
matrix for projects based on pathways, parks and meeting places Metamorphosis I
dynamic balance, mutation from one zone to another
cell membrane=intermediate zone
intermediate zones=multilayered façades, space in-between
shift from public to private space Search for a NEW space, symbol of metamorphosis
they are: inner courts, multistorey open spaces, gates, gardens on the roofs
Symbiosis I life is identity, transmitted by DNA
Diachronic symbiosis: let the past live in the present and future using topos, elements like DNA, common to any architecture of any age the common code of life is achieved through abstraction
abstraction in architecture=primary elements and shapes Metamorphosis II Symbiosis II Floating Factory '69 Helix City Tokyo '61 Saitama Museum of Modern Art '79 Sporting Club Chicago '88 Pacific Tower Paris '89 IBA Berlin '80 Museum of Modern Art
Louvain La Neuve Belgium '90 Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam '90 Helix City, Tokyo '61 Ethnological Museum Osaka '75 Nakagin Capsule Tower '70 Expo '70 Osaka Takara Pavillion Expo '70 Osaka IHI Pavillion Nitto Food Company '64 FROM THE INDUSTRIAL AGE TO THE INFORMATION AGE The Architecture of the Information Age deals with the invisible
and qill incorporate not only functions but also meaning.

It cannot move anymore only on phisicality.

Technology becomes less dominant.

Bauhaus Universität Weimar
Cristina LELLI
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