Publisher: Tokyo: Kenchiku Shiryo Kenkyusha Co., Ltd., 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 108028
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. The front cover consists of a gray archival board with title stamped in silver, glued to photographically illustrated wrappers, with photographically illustrated dust jacket and 3-1/8 inch printed vellum obi. Photographs and text (in Japanese and English) by Naoya Hatakeyama. Text (in Japanese and English) by Toyo Ito. Includes an illustrated list of plates and brief biographies (in Japanese and English). 148 pp., with 128 four-color plates finely printed full-bleed in Japan by Nihon Seisaku Center Co., Ltd. 11 x 8-5/8 inches.
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (1/4-inch closed tear at upper right front corner, light wear to the extremities).
Under Construction features Hatakeyama's photographs of architect Toyo Ito's Sendai Mediatheque, then under construction. From the essay by Toyo Ito: "Whenever Hatakeyama visited the construction site he never once thought of what he was doing as recording the process of construction. As he picked his way through the steel, the scattered plates and welding sparks, the puddle of rainwater on the floor and the protective sheets billowing in the wind, he kept his eyes focused on the reality immediately at hand. What he saw was always a tangible landscape in itself and never a narrative leading to the image of a completed piece of architecture. Each picture captures a real landscape that belongs only to a single moment. And yet in photographs showing only rain puddles on the site he manages to show us another piece of architecture peeking through. In the pieces of steel plates, the ceiling sprayed with sound proofing materials, and even the yellow crane stationed in the center of the site he continues to search for [an] other architecture. Hatakeyama took photographs of the Sendai Mediatheque both during and after the construction process, and yet this distinction hardly holds in his work. His photographs convey instead the desire that architecture should always be 'under construction'."