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Kengo Kuma all for recessions

One person not bothered by the recession is Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Picking up an International Fellowship at the RIBA Gold Medal dinner last week, Kuma gave an acceptance speech that took the word ‘sanguine’ to new levels. As other new Fellows came and went, thanking family, collaborators and the ‘maestro’ (Gold Medal winner Álvaro Siza), Kuma thanked ‘the Japanese recession of the 1990s’ for forcing him to work on small projects with terrible budgets. Kuma must be a glass-half-full kind of guy – that recession was one of the worst of all time.

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