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El papá de los Metabolistas se las pira...

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... pues sí, un dia después de que Mayne ganara el Pritzker, otro premiado, el del 1987, ha dicho adiós muy buenas, con Arata, con Shigeru, con Fumihiko, con Kisho, con Tadao y con Toyo os quedais... Kenzo Tange se ha muerto, un par de meses después de Philip Johnson... vamos a necrológica de mito arquitectónico bimensual

otra persona humana que ha hecho más por la humanidad de la que esta probablemente se merece...

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Sayonara (o como se diga/escriba).. todos de pelegrinaje a Tokyo, a su St Mary Church:

y a los gimnasios para los JJOO del '64 de Tokyo:


Architect Who Modernized Japan Dies at 91
Tue Mar 22, 2005 04:58 AM ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - The architect whose designs guided the rebuilding of modern Japan from the ashes of World War II, died of heart failure at his home in Tokyo on Tuesday at the age of 91, Japanese media said.
Born in 1913, Kenzo Tange first gained international recognition in 1946 when he drew up the master plan for the rebuilding of Hiroshima, destroyed by the world's first atomic attack.

The design included a museum built on the spot where the atomic bomb was dropped Aug. 6, 1945.

Throughout his career, Tange's trademark was a boldly spare and elegant style, blending Japanese and Western aesthetic principles.

That style was appreciated around the world and his buildings were constructed in a wide range of settings -- redefining the skyline in Singapore and in reconstructing Italian towns.

Tange captured the spirit of a rapidly developing Japan with his swooping 1964 Tokyo Olympic Stadium, often described as one of the most beautiful structures built in the 20th century.

He also designed the towering 1991 Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Tange was born the third son of eight children in Osaka and brought up on the rural island of Shikoku. He graduated from Tokyo University in 1938.

"I first decided architecture was for me when I saw (Swiss architect) Le Corbusier's designs in a Japanese magazine in the 1930s," he once told Reuters. Other artistic influences included Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo and 20th century German-American designer Walter Gropius.

A soft-spoken and delicate man who dressed in impeccable pin-striped suits, Tange expanded his practice to employ 130 architects around the world by the late 1980s, including well-known architects such as Fumihiko Maki and Arata Isozaki.

For decades a professor at Tokyo University, he was also laden with prizes, receiving the Pritzker Prize in 1987.

Despite the acclaim for his designs, Tange opted out of designing his own main residence, a 2,150-square-foot apartment close to central Tokyo.

"I decided not to design my house because my wife and kids would be able to complain about it," he once said.
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