Tokyo: architecture, urban space and their historical and aesthetic foundations, a conversation with Kengo Kuma, architect and teacher.

Interview by Fabrizio Grasselli, video by Alessio Guarino.

1
The Japanese architecture, both ancient and modern seems to have a tendency toward irregular and asymmetrical, in contrast with the Western one, which tends to the central and symmetrical; the observation seems to you correct?
2
You mentioned Kyoto, a city originally planned on a strict orthogonal system very close to the ancient roman concept of the city, a common pattern in the cities of ancient Chinese dynasties too. Tokyo on the other ands, from its foundation, seems to escape from geometric theories on a human scale and proportion and also from a monumental perspective approach. As an architect how do you think we could approach the relation between architecture and human proportions, in contemporary architecture?
3
The question may seem provocative, however what would answer if I told you that Tokyo is the most beautiful city in the world?

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