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Friday The Shinkenchiku Library

Book I, Chapter 2: Architecture of the Shōwa Era - The Status Between 1931 to 1937

The Shinkenchiku Library is a weekly series on au-magazine that introduces out-of-print publications from the 96-year-old Shinkenchiku-Sha archive. This is the third of 4 parts to Chapter 2 of Architecture of the Shōwa Era (published in 1977, written by Hiroshi Sasaki).

From January 1952, detailed drawings were now included at the end of every Shinkenchiku issue. Depending on individual designers, every drawing was expressed differently. Hence, with the idea of Kiyoshi Yasuda, who played an important role in the editorial process, drawings submitted were traced to resemble those that were made mechanically. This new projection of drawings featured in the publication was successful and well-received.

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