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Noguchi Room as a space for communication

As we saw in Week 1, Taniguchi and Noguchi inherited the spirit of Yukichi Fukuzawa. They conceived of a space to serve as a new “Banraisha,” where students, faculty, and …

Lessons learned from cases of damage

Damage due to user carelessness has occurred several times in the past in the Ex-Noguchi Room. In this Step we’ll share some examples with you so that, in the future, …

Case-2: Small bench

This Step looks at restoration measures (carried out in 2007) for the Benches (Small) in the Ex-Noguchi Room designed by Isamu Noguchi. Benches by Isamu Noguchi (Photo: Takeshi Taira, source: …

Restoration vs Preservation: The Ex-Noguchi Room

You will likely already have some awareness of the relationship between preservation and restoration. In this Step, we’ll look at specific measures and records for restoration of the floor of …

Restoration and Preservation of Sculptures

Before looking at actual examples of restoration, let’s first confirm the definitions of “restoration” and “preservation.” “Restoration” refers to the process of repairing damage to a piece and restoring it …

Lesson learned from the Noguchi Room relocation

As we’ve seen in previous Steps, the results were problematic when the Noguchi Room was dismantled and partially reconstructed. However, precisely because the Ex-Noguchi Room had its meaningful relationships stripped …

Relocation of Noguchi Room

So far, we have learned about the background, history, and creation of the Noguchi Room. Now, we’ll look more closely at its relocation. Before doing that, let’s review the chronology …

Isamu Noguchi and Yoshiro Taniguchi

As we saw in the previous Step, the Noguchi Room came into being because Taniguchi proposed a collaboration with Noguchi. In this Step, we’ll focus on the relationship between Keio …

Isamu Noguchi in Japan

In this Step, we’ll trace the footsteps of Isamu Noguchi after he came to Japan, to around the time he designed the Noguchi Room. First, let’s get an overview of …

Background of Noguchi Room

Many cultural properties exist (or have existed) on the Mita Campus. However, the Noguchi Room—the main theme of this course—had particularly high value as a spatial design created by the …

University and culture property

Universities tend to have many cultural properties, but even so, there are notable cases where such properties are lost. Why do things like this happen? Universities have many cultural properties …