Victoria & Albert Museum Dundee designed by Kengo Kuma
Dec21

Victoria & Albert Museum Dundee designed by Kengo Kuma

Commentary by Charles Bernstein, A.I.A. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma won the international design competition in 2010 for a new design museum in Dundee Scotland. Eight years later its doors are about to open. It will undoubtedly become a symbol of the city’s attempted renaissance. The soon to be opened museum was conceived as a catalyst to transform the city through an iconic cultural statement. Inspired by the success of Frank...

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Between Heaven and Earth
Nov29

Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth After recovering from three somewhat harrowing days driving a rental car on the road in Japan, we learned , despite the high points of the trip, not to do it again. I also relearned that there is a very small margin of error between life and death on a snake like one lane curving road where a head -on collision could catapult you from one world to the next and was possible at any time. At Koyasan, while...

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Checking Out: The Final Days of Hotel Okura
Aug15

Checking Out: The Final Days of Hotel Okura

by Russel Wong in an article from the Kyoto Journal The announcement that the Hotel Okura was slated for demolition in the summer of 2015 reverberated around the world, and was duly met with harsh criticism. Architects, designers and historians, not to mention the hotel’s former patrons — including heads of state, world-class actors and fashion house moguls — lamented that the Okura’s unique sensibility could never be replicated. Many...

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