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.
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?
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?
The question may seem provocative, however what would answer if I told you that Tokyo is the most beautiful city in the world?