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Wang Shu and Kengo Kuma: Writing Strategies of Two Architects from East Asia

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jianfei ZhuORCiD



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Tongji University, 2020.

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How do architects in Asia write and theorise? Can we compare them across their local national contexts and related them to a larger 'western' background? This paper examines how architects in East Asia articulate, write and theorise for their design practices, in the context of their local cultures and in relation to a backdrop much defined by 'western' developments. Taking Wang Shu and Kengo Kuma as our cases, we trace in each a history of writings and publications, a frame of references and of key authors, as well as a larger theoretical construct. If we can indeed compare the two on a related and continuous platform, we may begin to see how architects work and theorise at the frontier of design thinking in East Asia.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zhu J, Zhang L, Sun C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: T+A: Time + Architecture

Year: 2020

Volume: 172

Issue: 2

Pages: 144-153

Print publication date: 18/03/2020

Acceptance date: 22/11/2019

Date deposited: 11/05/2020

ISSN (print): 1005-684X

Publisher: Tongji University