Section 3

Postwar Democracy and Government Building Architecture

“Postwar Democracy and Government Building Architecture” looks back on how Tange designed government buildings with an intent to encourage citizens to congregate in the devastated city center (the core of the city) and share the sense of involvement in policymaking. Prewar government buildings were required to ooze the majestic authority of politicians and bureaucrats without any element of closeness to the general public. Tange, however, assumed that workers are attracted to the city center and attempted to unite the government buildings with the city core where people can work and spend time comfortably. This section showcases the former Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Imabari City Hall and Kagawa Prefectural Government Office to introduce how Tange attempted to connect cities and architectures.

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    The former Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

    North elevation | − | Private Collection

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    Fluidity Survey at the former Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

    Interaction between Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office departments expressed by different sized circles (“Relationships, Distribution, and Flow”) | Kenchiku bunka, April 1967, Shokokusha

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    Kagawa Prefectural Government Office

    Section | June 10, 1955 | The Kenzō Tange Archive [Kagawa Prefectural Government Building]. Gift of Mrs. Takako Tange, 2011. Courtesy of the Frances Loeb Library, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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    Kagawa Prefectural Government Office Structural Drawings

    Tange gazing at the Kagawa Prefectural Government Office | − | Private Collection

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    Imabari City Hall Structural Drawings

    Imabari City Hall Complex structural calculation documents | July 31, 1957 | Kawaguchi Laboratory, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo

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