Kengo Kuma Biography & Bibliography

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Kengo Kuma Bibliography – Recommended Books 

This bibliography consists of a selective list of books relating to Kengo Kuma’s Architecture.



Kengo Kuma: Complete Works

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 320 pages

Description by publisher: The quintessential Japanese architect of today, Kengo Kuma, has forged a modern design language that artfully combines its traditional building crafts with sophisticated technologies and materials. Kenneth Frampton frames Kuma’s work in the context of post-war Japan’s flourishing architecture scene. From his iconic Water/Glass (1995) to the Nezu Museum in Tokyo (2009), each building is presented through descriptive text, newly commissioned photographs, and detailed drawings that reveal the refined architectonic vocabulary that characterizes Kuma’s buildings.



Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma

  • Publisher: PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English

Description by publisher: In our 2005 monograph Kengo Kuma: Selected Works, celebrated architect Kengo Kuma boldly declared that his ultimate aim was to “erase architecture” so that his buildings became one with their surroundings. In recent years he has pursued this goal by focusing primarily on the imaginative and unexpected use of materials, creating hypnotizing surfaces that evoke subtle visual sensations by highlighting their materiality. Only by pushing a material to the limits of its capabilities does Kuma believe its true nature can be revealed. Ingenious and yet deceptively simple, this realization represented a significant turning point in his desire to give his architecture a presence beyond merely eye-catching or sculptural.



Kengo Kuma 2006-2012

  • Publisher: Ada Edita Global Architecture (January 30, 2013)
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Paperback: 300 pages

Description by publisher: This magnificent, large-format monograph on the famed Japanese architect covers six years of theory and practice through an exhaustive look at over 60 projects, from large (V&A at Dundee, Sanlitun SOHO in Beijing) to small (Sake no Hana in London, Lake House). Kengo Kuma is known for achieving a new kind of transparency in architecture and is not bound by using only traditional light materials. His essay, Small Architecture, gives valuable insight into his view that great disasters, not the progress of technology, have been architectures driving force throughout history, with the most recent example being the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.



Anti-object: the dissolution and disintegration of architecture / Kengo Kuma; translated by Hiroshi Watanabe (AA Words, 2) London: AA Publications, 2008 ISBN 9781902902524

Archilab’s future house: radical experiments in living space / edited by Marie-Ange Brayer and Beatrice Simonot London: Thames and Hudson, 2002 ISBN 0500283575

Architecture now! Vols.2+3 / Philip Jodidio Koln: Taschen, 2002, 2004 ISBN 3822815942, ISBN 3822829358

Building a new millennium / Philip Jodidio Koln: Taschen, 1999 ISBN 3822863904 (includes Noh Stage in the Forest, Toyama City, Toyama, Japan, 1996 / Kengo Kuma)

Digital gardening [electronic resource] / Kengo Kuma Tokyo: Kajima Institute Publishing, 1997

Epigenetic scene: emerging architects in Japan / Royal Institute of British Architects London: RIBA, 1996 AA SHELFMARK: 72.036(52):92 ROY

Immaterial World: transparency in architecture / Marc Kristal New York: Monacelli Press, 2011 ISBN9781580933148

Kengo Kuma / edited by Yukio Futagawa; text by Kengo Kuma / GA Architect, 19 Tokyo: ADA Edita, 2005 ISBN 4871404277

Kengo Kuma: breathing architecture / Volker Fischer Basel: Birkhauser, 2008 ISBN 9783764387877

Kengo Kuma: recent project / edited by Yukio Futagawa Tokyo: GA International ADA Edita, 2009 ISBN 9784871406659

Kengo Kuma: selected works / Botond Bognar New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005 ISBN 1568984685

Kengo Kuma: works and projects / Luigi Alini Milan: Electa Architecture, 2005 ISBN 1904313426

Materials and meaning in contemporary Japanese architecture: tradition and today / Dana Buntrock London: Routledge, 2010 ISBN 9780415778916

Materials, structures, details / Kengo Kuma Basel: Birkhauser, 2004 ISBN 3764371226

Matter in the floating world: conversations with leading Japanese architects and designers / Blaine Brownell New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2011 ISBN 9781568989962

BRO New stone architecture / David Dernie London: Laurence King, 2003 ISBN 1856693120

New wave Japanese architecture / compiled by Kisho Kurokawa London: Academy Editions, 1993 ISBN 1854901532 (includes Kengo Kuma

Next: 8th International Architecture Exhibition 2002: la Biennale di Venezia Padova: Marsilio, 2002 ISBN 0847825213

Vols. 1+2 Plan: Kengo Kuma, Michael Rotondi, Antonio Citterio, MGM, Benedetta Tagliabue, Ben van Berkel, Vito Acconci Bologna: The Plan, 2007

Shaking the foundations: Japanese architects in dialogue / edited by Christopher Knabe and Joerg Rainer Noennig Munich: Prestel, 1999 ISBN 3791320009

Staircases / Eva Jiricna London: Laurence King, 2001 ISBN 1856692035

Star architects: visionary architects of the twenty-first century / Julio Fajardo New York: Collins Design, 2010 ISBN 9780061968778 (includes work by Kengo Kuma)

Studies in organic: Kengo Kuma and Associates / Kengo Kuma Tokyo: Toto, 2009 ISBN 9784887063051 AA SHELFMARK: PROCESSING Ten by ten / 10 x 10 London: Phaidon, 2000 ISBN 0714839221

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