Record Extraordinaire! Uzo Nishiyama’s Notebooks on Houses and Living
Osaka: 9 June – 22 August 2017
Tokyo: 7 September – 25 November 2017
Architect and architectural scholar Uzo Nishiyama is regarded as a pioneer of scientific research into housing. He is also known as an advocate of the “Separation of Eating and Sleeping Quarters in Small Houses” and the creator of the post-war “dining-kitchen” residential plan. At the foundation of these achievements is Nishiyama’s tenacious research into housing for the purpose of improving ordinary people’s dwellings. The period of the 1940s to ‘60s when he actively conducted research was a time of dramatic change for housing in Japan. His research findings served an important role in clarifying the housing situation in this period. From the great volume of questionnaires, illustrations, and photographs he amassed from careful fieldwork, we can sense Nishiyama’s sincere perspective as a researcher and his devotion to observing, sketching, and recording. This exhibition looks at Uzo Nishiyama’s “housing studies” research and colorful career through some 90 items. They include sketches, illustrations, and photographs by Nishiyama—who had an excellent eye for observation and such a talent for drawing he thought of becoming a manga artist—as well as manga works from his junior high school days and early journals that foretell his compulsion for recording. Please enjoy browsing the gallery, which is filled with Nishiyama’s records.
We wish to extend our warmest appreciation to The Uzo Nishiyama Memorial Library and everyone whose efforts have made this exhibition possible.