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Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma Hardcover – 10 Dec 2009
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About the Author
Botond Bognar is the author of numerous books on contemporary Japanese architecture, including Kengo Kuma: Selected Works. He is currently a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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In this edition I was expecting close-ups of his architectural details. But definitely worth the price, its got some new and nice projects.
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earlier edition on Kengo Kuma by PAP. Earlier book surprised the readers how Kuma
could redefine materials. The key term that Kuma used in his earlier essay was "Erase Architecture"
In Water/Glass (1995) project, he wanted to pull the surface of ocean closer to his house than nearby
Bruno Taut's house. He used reflecting pond as his site boundary and absolutely minimized exterior
wall into glass, making the viewer's perception to regard edge of the pond as a continuation of ocean.
In Stone Museum (2000) project, he experimented with the stone. The attempt was to make heavy and
self-assertive stone to appear light and multivalent. The stone was cut less than 1 inch thick and
5 feet long, more or less like wood louvers, and put side by side each other seamlessly. This somewhat
antithetical wall (to the existing load-bearing masonry wall) shed new light on how stone wall could
dissolve into the atmosphere.
Kuma's im-materialization continues in this book. His Lotus House (2005) shocked readership in the USA
when it first appeared in the Architectural Record. Checkerboard-patterned travertine was literally
hanging on an extremely thin stainless steel wire. It swayed by the breeze and cast incredible shadow by the light.
Kuma minces stone, shatters light, and grinds breeze.
This new publication, supported by Botond Bognar's essay, provides many recent projects of Kuma. Kuma is
also a prolific writer. His recent books, "Defeated Architecture" (2004) and "Kengo Kuma: A Natural Architecture"
(2008, this one should be really translated into English), are well melted into the new book.
it is really a helpful book to the architecture students!
Brad Cloepfil is basically recycling kengo's style.
However mr bognar book does not do justice to the power of Mr. Kuma's work. This is due to fault of the editor who cramps a lot of the pictures & the work becomes less powerful. Would recommend other books that showcase KK's work w/ better photos.