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"In my opinion Taodao Ando's Hyōgo Prefecture Museum of Art, completed in 2002 holds a unique reflection to one of his main influences, Le Corbusier. Located on the Kobe waterfront, with the Rokko Mounting Range North west of the city. It was funded by the Kobe Reconstruction emergency package after the devastating Earthquake that destroyed most of the city with a terrible lost of life to the city's population. Once again, thinking back to Ando's roots as a young man growing up in a devastated Japan after World War 2 – embracing the safety, the layering of concrete, yet crafting it, softening its extremities. Which Corbusier also was able to do, but paradoxically, like Corbusier, Ando built for longevity – a humanist power against the elements, despite maybe sounding contradictory to the Zen philosophy of non dualism. It is this defiance against nature – which inspires the creative. That, if studied, philosophically, with Zen as the cultivation of the mind, it is by its process of overcoming the natural self and the world. Conjoining the two, to make them one within the self. I see this in Ando's Hyōgo Prefecture Museum of Art building..."
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