Kurokawa, Kisho Noriaki

Kurokawa, Kisho Noriaki

Kurokawa, Kisho Noriaki, 1934-2007, Japanese architect, grad. Tokyo Univ. (Ph.D., 1964). The youngest founding member of the group of architects known as Metabolists, who perceived architectural works as living organisms, Kurokawa provided for the growth or change of his buildings with the addition or subtraction of modular units. The Nakagin Capsule Tower, Ginza, Tokyo (1972), Sony Tower, Osaka (1976), and National Ethnological Museum, Osaka (1977), are among the most noted of his early designs. Kurokawa was later associated with the Symbiosis movement, which also sees buildings as living things and advocates a synthesis of worldwide cultural influences in architecture. His other major commissions include the Nagoya City Art Museum (1987), Japanese-German Center, Berlin (1988), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (1989), Chinese-Japanese Youth Center, Beijing (1990), Pacific Tower, Paris (1992), Republic Plaza, Singapore (1995), New Wing of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (1998), and the National Art Center, Tokyo (2005). His sole project in the United States is the Sporting Club at the Illinois Center, Chicago (1990). Kurokawa's best-known work is probably the prize-winning Kuala Lumpur International Airport (1998), a futurist complex built around a rain forest. Also an influential writer and theorist, he was the author of numerous books, e.g., Metabolism in Architecture (1977), Intercultural Architecture (1991), and The Philosophy of Symbiosis (1994).
The Anaheim University Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute was conceived by the eco-minded architect Kisho Kurokawa who prior to his passing in October 2007 was Chair of the Executive Advisory Board at Anaheim University. The Anaheim University Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute runs an interdisciplinary program with the Anaheim University Akio Morita School of Business. The only degree program offered through the institute is an Online MBA in Sustainable Management, referred to as the "Online Green MBA". The institute also works with a non-profit organization named the Academia Foundation to run the Global EcoKids project, designed to promote environmental education to school children.

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Anaheim University Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute
Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates

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