Junzo Sakakura (1901-1969) was a Japanese architect, a disciple of Le Corbusier and the former president of Japan Institute of Architects. To the public, he is perhaps best known for having designed Japan’s national pavilion for the 1937 Exposition internationale des Arts et des techniques in Paris, which won him the Grand Prix thus, making him the first Japanese architect to be recognised at an international level. Subsequently, he was crucial in launching the modernist movement in Japan, with the Museum of Modern Art in Kamakura, Japan being a fitting example of his contribution to innovation in Japanese architecture.
Now, a free exhibition at the Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris (the MCJP), titled Junzô Sakakua : une architecture pour l’homme (Junzo Sakakura: An architecture for humans), pays homage to the work and life of Junzo Sakakura who throughout his life placed humans at the centre of architectural design. On view until June 8, 2017, the exhibition shows a large selection of plans, videos, models and photographs and is an excellent opportunity to discover (or rediscover) Sakakura’s wide-ranging contribution to architecture, city planning, public infrastructure and furniture design.
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