Architecture on Paper: Architectural Drawings of Japan 1970s-1990s

National Archives of Modern Architecture

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Architectural drawings are what are commonly referred to as “plans.” They may take the form of preliminary sketches, design drawings, construction drawings, or beautifully colored and shaded presentation renderings. Sometimes, however, architects may also construct imaginative worlds on paper that stand independent of any actual design-to-construction process.
In Japan, architectural drawings made great strides particularly after the Osaka Expo, in the period spanning from the 1970s to the 1980s. The architects of this post-postwar period poured extensive energy into developing their drawings beyond practical requirements. Sheets grew larger, techniques diversified, and drawings came to be appreciated as works of art on their own. Why did these architects make such drawings? What did they seek to achieve through their work on paper? When we look at the drawings, what we see are visions that would not necessarily be completed even if they were constructed as buildings.
Even since CAD (computer-aided design) came into wide use in the 1990s, hand-drawn architectural plans have become rare, and the art of drawing has fallen into decline. What significance did the drawings of the post-postwar architects have in their time? What questions do they pose for us today? This exhibition was conceived to reflect upon these themes.

Youji Watanabe, Arata Isozaki, Hiromi Fujii, Hiroshi Hara, Takefumi Aida, Zo Atelier, Tadao Ando, Kikoo Mozuna, Ryoji Suzuki, Riken Yamamoto, Shin Takamatsu

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Symposium: Architectural Drawings and Japanese Architecture 1970s-1990s
Date: Dec. 2 (Sat) 14:00-16:00
Speakers: Makoto Ueda (Editor in Chief, Sumai Library Publishing Company), Norihito Nakatani (Scholar in the history of engineering, Professor at Waseda University)
Moderator: Jo Toda (Associate Professor at Kanazawa Institute of Technology)
Venue: Larg Hall, Kenchikuka Kaikan
Capacity: 120 (booking recommended)
Admission: Free
*Event in Japanese.

*Please see the official website for further details.



from October 31, 2017 to February 04, 2018
Exhibition Hours: 10:00-16:30. Closed on Nov. 25 (Sat), from Dec. 29 (Wed) to Jan. 3 (Sun).



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