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Kisho Kurokawa
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Architect
    (April 8, 1934-October 12, 2007)
    Born in Kanie, Japan
    Born as Noriaki Kurokawa
    Graduated from Kyoto University with degree in architecture (1957)
    Graduated from Tokyo University (1959)
    Co-founded the Metabolist movement, a Japanese avant-garde architectural movement that recycles past architectural styles within an Asian context (1960)
    Later joined the Symbiosis Movement, which views buildings as living things and seeks to combine worldwide cultural influences in architecture
    Designed the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo (1972), Sony Tower in Osaka (1976), The Sporting Club at Illinois Center in Chicago (1990), Melbourne Central (1991), Wheelock Place in Singapore (1993), Kuala Lumpur International Airport (1998), a new wing for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (1998), and the Singapore Flyer (March 1, 2008)
    Wrote 'Metabolism in Architecture' (1977), 'Rediscovering Japanese Space' (1988)', 'Intercultural Architecture: The Philosophy of Symbiosis (1991), 'From Metabolism to Symbiosis', (1992), and 'Kisho Kurokawa: From the Age of the Machine to the Age of Life' (1998)
    Died of a heart failure in Tokyo, Japan
    He dropped out when studying for his doctorate of philosophy (1964).
    The Metabolists disbanded shortly after their success at the Osaka World Expo (1970).
    His design for the Van Gogh Museum's new wing was heavily criticized as being out of place with the rest of the city.
    Each capsule of the Nakagin Capsule Tower costs about 6.2 million yen to renovate.
    Moreover, said structure is deteriorating due to cramped conditions and presence of asbestos.
    He witnessed the destruction of his home city by American bombers during World War II.
    His designs, though modern in appearance, are fundamentally rooted in Japanese tradition.
    He designed much of Kazakhstan's capital Astana.
    He was instrumental in the development of eco-friendly architecture.
    He sought to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western influences in architecture.

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