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JA 113, Spring 2019 Reprint Edition Expo ’70

JA 113, Spring 2019

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English + Japanese / 176 Pages / 226 x 297 mm / 720 g

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The Osaka Expo ’70 was conceived, planned—by Kenzo Tange and Uzo Nishiyama— and executed in the late 1960s, during a period of social and cultural turbulence.

Inherent in the Expo was a keen awareness of Japan’s transition from an industrial to an information society, resulting in a shift in curatorial emphasis to the “software” underlying our built environments and relations. The now-iconic “Symbol Zone”—highly demonstrative of these preoccupations— featured the “Space Frame,” an enormous roof, embedded with architectural plug-ins, all embodying the accomplishments of advanced technology. The Festival Plaza, at the Symbol Zone’s core, furthered the metaphor: an open space where people could meet and communicate directly with one another, an architectural hybridization somewhere between “architectural software” and the agora.

Aiming also to be “a world fair on approaches to urban development,” the event site was designed as an experimental city that suggested technocratic potentials to collectively aspire towards. Radical questions posed during this time—which have become increasingly relevant in the 21st Century—are revisited in JA 113, through the object of the Expo: How can we create physical environments that encourage people to directly engage with them, as if in a feedback loop, through information technology? Can architecture function as a communication media? Should architecture even do so?

In October 2018, the decision was made for Osaka to host World Expo 2025. Featured in JA 113 are selected articles originally published in the May 1970 issue of Shinkenchiku, as well as in the May / June issue of JA, both of which featured Expo ’70. We hope this publication will be a useful resource for exploring the possibilities of Expo 2025, Osaka-Kansai.

JA 113 includes: Dialogue Some Thoughts about EXPO ’70 Kenzo Tange x Noboru Kawazoe Feature The Symbol Zone Essays Moving Walkways and Urban Traffic by Koichi Sone, Sei Oyuki, and Yuji Morioka The EXPO '70 Information Communication System by Yoshio Tsukio The EXPO '70 Grounds Artificial Environment by Toshio Ojima Works The Space Frame Kenzo Tange, Koji Kamiya (URTEC), Asao Fukuda (Soseisha Takekoshi Kenchiku Jimusyo Festival Plaza Kenzo Tange, architectural facilities; Atsushi Ueda (General Arts Urban Planning Science) mechanical facilities; Arata Isozaki Atelier EXPO Tower Kiyonori Kikutake Architect, and Associates The United States Pavilion Davis, Brody, Chermayeff, Geismar, deHarak, Associates Yasuo Uesaka (project architect) The Canadian Pavilion Erickson/Massey Architects and Planners The British Pavilion Powel & Moya Associates The Republic of China Pavilion Peng Yin-Hsuan, Lee Chu-Yuan The Netherlands Pavilion J.B. Bakema, lr. C. Weeber The Switzerland Pavilion Willi Walte The International Place No.2-B Environmental Design Associates, Toshi Kenchiku Sekkei Firm The Electric Power Pavilion Sakakura Associates, architects and engineers The Sumitomo Fairytale Pavilion Sachio Otani and Associates The Fuji Group Pavilion Yutaka Murata The Takara Beautilion Kisho Kurokawa Architect, and Associates The Ricoh Pavilion Nikken Sekkei Komu And... Other Foreign and Japanese Private Pavilions Landscape Sub-plazas Fountains and Sculpture Expoland Expo Site Furniture Data Winning Entries of the Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2018 Announcement: The Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2019