Space Design No. 172
Tokyo: Kajima Institute Publishing, 1979.
First printing. 228 + 25 pp., 8.75 x 11.5 inches. Perfect-bound in printed wrappers. Illustrated throughout in color and black and white. Scattered light foxing to edges and cover, and mild wear to corners, otherwise very good; an internally fine, tightly bound copy, with no creasing to spine. Item #4612
A special issue of this monthly journal, entirely devoted to the work of Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara (1925-2006). Illustrations of his works — hundreds of photographs and reproductions of plans and drawings — are accompanied by a new essay by Shinohara (“Now and Function”), and a brief anthology of extracts from earlier essays (dating from 1958-1978), both in Japanese and English translation, as well as a chronological list of works and “annals of creative activity.”
Shinohara’s reputation has grown immensely in recent decades, such that he’s now widely considered one of the most influential architects of the postwar generation in Japan. This is a scarce early survey; Worldcat locates just three copies, all in Europe.