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(also K. Mayekawa). Born May 14, 1905, in Niigata-shi, in Niigata Prefecture. Japanese architect.
Maekawa worked and studied under Le Corbusier in Paris between 1928 and 1930. He was one of the first in Japan to adopt rationalism. In the 1950’s and 1960’s he designed sculpturally expressive structures by combining national traditions with the structural and aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete. Maekawa designed many public buildings, including municipal buildings in Fukushima (1958) and Hirosaki (1964); cultural centers in Tokyo (1959), Kyoto (1960), Okayama (1962), and Urawa (1966); and the Gakushuin University in Tokyo (1960).