Fumihiko Maki - Bodies of Thought

Burlington House Piccadilly Mayfair

Monday, September 24 2018 from 07:30 pm to 09:00 pm

Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki takes a closer look at the work of his early mentors, Josep Lluís Sert, and Kenzo Tange.

Writing and designing go hand in hand for the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. Convinced of the need to articulate ideas through words as well as architectural form, Maki is a prolific writer. In his 2013 essay Modernism on the Open Sea, he explored universality in language and architecture, suggesting that the familiar rules of Modernism had been “thrown into an open sea” with little to guide architects about the future direction of practice.

Born in 1928, Fumihiko Maki was educated at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. Since establishing Maki and Associates in 1965, he has completed many international projects including Hillside Terrace Apartments in Shibuya, Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the 4 World Trade Center skyscraper in New York, MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, the Sea World Culture and Arts Center in Shenzhen, the Bihar Museum in India, amongst many others. Maki’s first UK project, the Aga Khan Foundation, opened in King’s Cross earlier this year.

In this opening lecture of the ‘Bodies of Thought’ series, Maki will explore the concept of a ‘humanism of empathy’ in response to this context and discuss the work of his early mentors, Josep Lluís Sert Hon RA, and Kenzo Tange.

Organised in collaboration with the Japan Foundation.