Kenchiku Kogei. [Architectural Craft]
Aisioru. I see all.
Editor: Kawakita Renshichiro
Volume 5, no. 10. 1935. (2), pp. 385-460, (16)pp. with numerous illustrations.
22 x 15 cm. Original illustrated wrappers.
Special issue: American Architecture. Topics include: Urban Development Chicago (1850-1930), New York, Manhattan, Skyscrapers, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Apartment Complexes, Michigan, and confrontation "Old America" - "New America." The text is largely based on the publication by Gustav Adolf Platz "Die Baukunst der neuesten Zeit", 1927/1930.
Kawakita Renshichiro (1902-1975) was an architect and interior designer and a key figure during the early phase of modernism in Japan. In 1932 he founded the Institute of New Architecture and Industrial Arts with the aim of bringing the ideas of the Bauhaus school to Japan. The present monthly magazine (also launched in 1932) showcases aspects of modern commercial architecture (shops, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, libraries, schools, factories) as well as interior design (showcases, shelving, chairs etc.) from the West and their application in Japan. Most of the articles are by Kawakita himself but there are also translations from Western sources. 'I see all' was strongly influenced by the Russian and German avant-garde and later issues discuss the influence of technology on contemporary art (Hans Arp) and photography (montage). References are made to new publications and magazines for specific countries (Germany: Die Form; Moderne Bauformen, Die Neue Linie; Soviet Union: USSR in Construction, Cobetckay Apxntektypa) showing the keen awareness in Japan of modernist trends abroad.
Cover dusted very little. The bottom corner with the page count with clean cutouts. This copy is priced accordingly, still a good working or documentation copy.