“Japanese Architecture: Building Peace and Resilience”, a Conversation with Paul Tange


  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•10•13    18:30 - 19:30

    On 13 October 2017, UNU will host “Japanese Architecture: Building Peace and Resilience, a conversation with Paul Tange, Chairman of the internationally renowned architecture firm, Tange Associates. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The leading quality of Japanese architecture has been appreciated worldwide. Among the prominent architects of our times is Kenzō Tange, and his son, Paul Tange. Valued not only for their architectural innovations, but also for their contributions to Japanese society, Tange Associates has played an important role in Japan’s post-disaster recovery processes since the end of World War II. From designing the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to designing the Rikuzentakata Community Hall following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, the Tange family has continually created space for advancing peace, resilience, and sustainable development.

    Mr Tange will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation on the future of Japanese architecture, as well as on his plans for the facility for aquatic sports for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 12 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Paul Noritaka Tange is Chairman of Tange Associates. After receiving his AB and Master of Architecture from Harvard University, he began his architectural career at Kenzō Tange Associates under the guidance of his father, and world-renowned architect, Kenzō Tange. Mr Paul Tange became President of the architecture firm in 1997, and founded Tange Associates in 2002. He is a registered architect in both Japan and Singapore.

    The Tange family has produced numerous notable works of architecture, including the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for the 1964 Summer Olympics (Japan), the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (Japan), the United Nations University Headquarters building (Japan), the BMW Italia Headquarters building (Italy), and the Bank of Shanghai Headquarters Building (China), among others.


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    United Nations University
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