From Architecture to Urbanism 1945–1970: Perspectives on Urban Design in the Postwar Era

National Archives of Modern Architecture

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The Collection Showcase 2018 arises from a broad reading of Japan’s period of postwar reconstruction and high economic growth from 1945 to 1970 as the “postwar era.” Attention given to this period tends to be focused on the rapid progression of the efficiency-driven modernization, urbanization, industrialization, and mechanization that took place. However, if we turn our eyes to the work of architects who flourished in the postwar era, we find that there were already various early examples of “perspectives on urban design” that can support the reestablishment of the mature urbanism we are in earnest need of today in the 21st century.
This exhibition features a selection of archival items related to projects of urbanism and urban design envisaged by architects such as Junzo Sakakura, Takamasa Yosizaka + Atelier U, and Masato Otaku pieced together through organizing and analyzing materials not thoroughly presented in past shows. Also on view are now-restored materials illustrating the full scope of Kiyoshi Ikebe’s Shibuya Ward Reconstruction Plan.

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from June 09, 2018 to September 09, 2018

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