『TANGE BY TANGE 1949-1959 』

『TANGE BY TANGE 1949-1959 』

Category Civil Architecture
Author Saikaku Toyokawa/Kenzo Tange
Language English - Japan
Publishing year 2015
Publisher TOTO Publishing
ISBN ISBN: 978-4-88706-347-1
Size 310 x 270 mm
Pages 252
Description of contents

Publishing commemorating the 25th anniversary of TOTO Publishing
TOTO Publishing started its activities as a cultural activity of TOTO LTD. We will publish "TANGE BY TANGE 1949-1959 / Kenzo Tange seen by Kenzo Tange" on January 22, 2015 as a commemorative publication for the 25th anniversary of the founding.

In this book, from the late 1940s when Kenzo Tange worked on his maiden work "Hiroshima Peace Hall Atomic Bomb Memorial Exhibition Hall" (1952), "Kagawa Prefectural Government Building" (1958), one of his early representative works, is completed. Through 35mm film contact sheets taken by Tange himself over the 10 years up to this point (1949-59), we will explore the early image of Kenzo Tange as an architect.

More than 2,000 shots taken over the past 10 years were printed on contact sheets, sorted by project by Tange, and carefully pasted onto photo mounts for storage. Not only his own works, but also traditional Japanese architecture such as the Katsura Imperial Villa and Ryoan-ji Temple, the works of Michelangelo and Le Corbusier that he saw while traveling abroad, and exchanges with overseas architects. It can be inferred that these were architecture and events that had a great influence on the young Tange.

The contact sheet has trimming lines and marks made by Tange here and there, and it is possible to read how Tange faced architecture as an architect before he became "Tange of the World". increase. These 80 contact sheets have been reproduced in full size, divided into six groups based on Tange's footsteps, and at the end of each chapter, Tange's remarks at the time are reprinted. In addition, the photo trimmed by Tange is stretched according to the line, revealing the intention of Tange's photo. In addition, the opening article traces the footsteps of Tange's four trips abroad during this period, describing how he became "the world's TANGE" from the era contained in this book, clarifying Kenzo Tange's standing point. I'm here.

This book, published 10 years after his death, brings Kenzo Tange back to our familiar existence as an architect, and is a new historical document of Kenzo Tange. can be said to be of great value.

Kenzo Tange

Kenzo Tange – architect and city planner. Born in Osaka Prefecture in 1913. After graduating from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Imperial University in 1938, he started working for Kunio Maekawa Architects, where he was in charge of the Kishi Memorial Gymnasium. After retiring, he entered the graduate school of Tokyo Imperial University and won the first prize in the Greater East Asia Construction Commemorative Construction Planning Design Competition. After the war, he became an associate professor at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Architecture, and while working on his own urban analysis in Tange’s laboratory, he designed numerous public buildings that symbolized Japan’s post-war reconstruction. During this period, the Tange Laboratory produced many famous architects and bureaucrats such as Yukio Otani, Jun Shimokawabe, Fumihiko Maki, Koji Kamiya, Arata Isozaki, Kisho Kurokawa, and Yoshio Taniguchi.
After retiring from the University of Tokyo in 1974, he realized vast city planning and skyscraper planning in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Singapore, etc., and came to be called “Tange of the world.” Representative works include Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Kagawa Prefectural Government Building, National Indoor Stadium (Yoyogi Gymnasium), Tokyo Cathedral St. Mary’s Cathedral, Yamanashi Cultural Center, Japan World Exposition Festival Plaza, Algeria Oran University, Nigeria Examples include the New Capital Plan and the New Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. His major works include “Kenzo Tange: From One Pencil” (Nippon Tosho Center 1997).

Source: TOTO Publising