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Press Release No. 21

UIA Berlin 2002
Resource Architecture
Japanese Star Architect Kisho Kurokawa Is Speaking at the Forum on Urban-Planning Resources on 25 July 2002


Urban-Planning Resources is one of the many current topics in focus at the XXI World Congress of Architecture from 22 to 26 July 2002 in Berlin. On Thursday 25 July 2002, six experts from different disciplines will be expounding their theories on contemporary urban planning at this Forum, which will be presented by Berlin architect Philipp Meuser. The Forum will consider the influence of other disciplines on architecture.
Kurokawa, who was commissioned to plan the newly founded Kazakhstan capital of Astana in 1998, founded the Metabolism Group with Fumihiko Maki, Sachio Otaka, Kiyonori Kikutake and Noboin Kawazoe in 1959. The quintet of young architects explored the idea of transferring the life cycle of birth and growth to urban development and architecture. Of the five enfants terribles, Kurokawa rose highest on the international career ladder. Kurkawa, who is now 68 years old, is considered one of Japan’s most important architects. In 1993, he was even awarded the Japanese Grand Prix of Literature for his book The Philosophy of Symbiosis. His most recent buildings include the two stadiums in Aichi and Oita (both completed in 2001), as well as Kuala Lumpur airport and the extension of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (both completed in 1998).
As a Keynote Speaker at the Main Congress of the XXI World Congress of Architecture, Kurokawa will be presenting his plans for the Kazakhstan capital.
At the end of 2001, Kurokawa presented the government of Kazakhstan his master plan for the new capital, Astana. The Japanese architect, who has received many international awards, actually prefers to refer to his design as a master system; for in contrast to Brasilia and Chandigarh, the development of Astana is not based on a closed plan. Indeed, Kurokawa considers it a challenge to design a city open to further development, and with an indefinite form created from the sum of a multitude of clusters. Kurokawa’s concept is the combined product of more than forty years of intensive study of western-eastern philosophy, and proceeds from the notion of a metabolic and symbiotic city.
Further information on the Congress can be found on the homepage: www.uia-berlin2002.com.

Berlin, 6 May 2002
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