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Kenzo Tange

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Kenzo Tange was a Japanese architect, born in 1913 in Osaka. He attended the University of Tokyo for engineering, and later became an assistant professor and then full professor in that department. In 1946 he established Tange Laboratory as a place where young architects could exchange ideas. One of his major early works was the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which he was selected to design in 1949, shortly after the bombing. The design of the Memorial Park and of many of Tange's other works demonstrates the strong influence of Le Corbusier on Tange's work. In the 1960s, Tange developed a city plan for Tokyo, which was partially implemented. He also designed the gymnasium for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which was cited by the Pritzker jury when Tange was awarded the prestigious prize in 1987. He passed away in 2005 and a funeral was held at the Tokyo Cathedral, a building of Tange's own design.

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