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Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan

Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan

Part of

People

  • Melvin Charney (draughtsman)
  • Melvin Charney (architect)
  • Harry Parnass (architect)
  • Janos Baracs (architect)
  • Marcel Pageau (engineer)
  • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

Title

Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan

Dates of creation

1967

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 0.16 l.m. textual documents
  • 93 photographic materials
  • 27 drawings (including 14 reprographic copies)
  • 1 map

Scope and Content

This project series documents a submission for a design competition commissioned by the Government of Canada for its pavilion at the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan. Fashioned from construction cranes and scaffolding, Melvin Charney's submission (in collaboration with Harry Parnass and Janos Barancs) garnered significant interest and media coverage, and served as a turning point away from traditional architecture practice towards public art. The competition was won by architect Arthur Erickson. Material includes presentation drawings, a photograph of the no longer existant model, and competition documents including correspondence and a copy of the competition programme.

Reference Number

AP041.S1.1967.D2

Location

Osaka Japan

Language of material

Documents are in English and French.

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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:001-001
    • Title: Panel of plot plan, Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: circa 1967
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 76 x 101 cm

    Physical Description:

    Panel

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Oeuvre achetée avec l'aide du programme d'aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada/
    Purchased with support of the Canada Council's Acquisition Assistance program

    Related units of description:

    • Part of a set of 7 panels. See also DR1997:0004:001-001 to DR1997:0004:007-007.
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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:002-002
    • Title: Panel of groud level plan, Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: circa 1967
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 76 x 101 cm

    Physical Description:

    Panel

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Oeuvre achetée avec l'aide du programme d'aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada/
    Purchased with support of the Canada Council's Acquisition Assistance program

    Related units of description:

    • Part of a set of 7 panels. See also DR1997:0004:001-001 to DR1997:0004:007-007.
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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:003-003
    • Title: Panel of lower level plan and elevation, Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 76 x 101 cm

    Physical Description:

    Panel

    Location:

    Osaka Japan

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Oeuvre achetée avec l'aide du programme d'aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada/
    Purchased with support of the Canada Council's Acquisition Assistance program

    Related units of description:

    • Part of a set of 7 panels. See also DR1997:0004:001-001 to DR1997:0004:007-007

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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:004-004
    • Title: Panel of upper level plan and section, Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 76 x 101 cm

    Physical Description:

    Panel

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Oeuvre achetée avec l'aide du programme d'aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada/
    Purchased with support of the Canada Council's Acquisition Assistance program

    Related units of description:

    • Part of a set of 7 panels. See also DR1997:0004:001-001 to DR1997:0004:007-007.

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:005-005
    • Title: Panel of exhibition rooms, Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 76 x 101 cm

    Physical Description:

    Panel

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Oeuvre achetée avec l'aide du programme d'aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada/
    Purchased with support of the Canada Council's Acquisition Assistance program

    Related units of description:

    • Part of a set of 7 panels. See also DR1997:0004:001-001 to DR1997:0004:007-007.
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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:006-006
    • Title: Panel of perspective, Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 76 x 101 cm

    Physical Description:

    Panel

    Location:

    Osaka Japan

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Oeuvre achetée avec l'aide du programme d'aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada/
    Purchased with support of the Canada Council's Acquisition Assistance program

    Related units of description:

    • Part of a set of 7 panels. See also DR1997:0004:001-001 to DR1997:0004:007-007.

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:007-007
    • Title: Panel with photographs of model, Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 76 x 101 cm

    Physical Description:

    Panel

    Location:

    Osaka Japan

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Oeuvre achetée avec l'aide du programme d'aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada/
    Purchased with support of the Canada Council's Acquisition Assistance program

    Related units of description:

    • Part of a set of 7 panels. See also DR1997:0004:001-001 to DR1997:0004:007-007.
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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:008-008
    • Title: Photograph of proposed model, Canadian Government Pavilion, Japan World Exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Harry Parnass (architect)
    • Janos Baracs (engineer)
    • Marcel Pageau (engineer)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 photograph

    Technique and media:

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 50 x 66,5 cm

    Location:

    Osaka Japan

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Oeuvre achetée avec l'aide du programme d'aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada/
    Purchased with support of the Canada Council's Acquisition Assistance program

    Copyright:

    © Estate of Melvin Charney/SODRAC

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    • Reference Number: DR1997:0004:009
    • Title: Correspondence, instructions for the competition, proposal and images proofs for proposal, Canadian Government Pavilion, Japan World Exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967-1969
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Includes the final version of the proposal for the exhibit system for the Pavilion created by Charney, and proofs version of the images presented in the final version.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.04 of textual records
    • 7 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de Melvin Charney/
    Gift of Melvin Charney

    Folder Number:

    041-010-001

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:067
    • Title: Plan on panels, Canadian government pavilion, Japan world exposition, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: circa 1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Folder containing five panels and a reprographic copy related to the Canadian Government Pavillion, World Expo, Osaka Japan. Further investigation is required to identify one other project present.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 panel(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 50,5 × 76,1 × 0,2 cm (19 7/8 × 29 15/16 × 1/16 in.) sheet (largest): 43 × 58,3 × 1,1 cm (16 15/16 × 22 15/16 × 7/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

    Folder Number:

    041-003-004

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:007
    • Title: Photographs for the proposal for the Canadian pavillion at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: circa 1967
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing film negatives, and printouts related to Melvin Charney's proposal for the Canadian pavillion at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan. Original folder inscribed in graphite: OSAKA PROJECT 1969

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 15 photographic materials

    Dimensions:

    negative (smallest): 6,4 × 9,5 cm negative (largest): 9,9 × 12,4 cm (3 7/8 × 4 7/8 in.) sheet (smallest): 11,7 × 14,4 cm (4 5/8 × 5 11/16 in.) sheet (largest): 21,3 × 21,5 cm (8 3/8 × 8 7/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:008
    • Title: Magazine and newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, and sketches, Canadian Government Pavillion, 1970 World Expo, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1974-1975
    • Form: textual records, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English, including a film negative, magazine and newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, and sketches related to the Canadian Government Pavillion for the 1970 World Expo in Osaka, Japan.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: 1969+ OSAKA PAVILLION - ELEMENTS AS FOUND

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records
    • 5 photographic materials
    • 2 drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 10,8 × 13,6 cm (4 1/4 × 5 3/8 in.) sheet (largest): 27,7 × 21,4 cm (10 7/8 × 8 7/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:010
    • Title: Assembly instructions, newspaper clippings, photographs, printouts, slides, and stats, Canadian Pavillion at Expo 70, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967
    • Form: textual records, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Denis Vincent (photographer)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English, including assembly instructions, newspaper clippings, photographs related to the Canadian Pavillion at Expo 70, Osaka, Japan.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: EXHIBITION SYSTEM

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 77 photographic materials
    • 0.03 l.m. of textual records

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 25,1 × 16,6 cm (9 7/8 × 6 9/16 in.) sheet (largest): 28,5 × 21,3 cm (11 1/4 × 8 3/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:012
    • Title: Press coverage related to Melvin Charney's proposal, Canadian Pavilion for Expo 70, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967-1969
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English (predominant) and French, including press coverage related to Melvin Charney's proposal for the Canadian Pavilion for Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: EXHIBIT SYSTEM - REPRINTS

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.02 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:014
    • Title: Press clippings related to Melvin Charney's proposal, Canadian Pavillion for Expo 70, Osaka, Japan
    • Dates of creation: 1967-1968
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English and French, including press clippings related to Melvin Charney's proposal for the Canadian Pavillion for Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.05 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0015:023:012
    • Title: Official souvenir map of the Japan World Expo
    • Dates of creation: 1970
    • Form: maps
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Unknown (graphic designer)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 map(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 map

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 72,6 × 102,4 × 0,01 cm (28 9/16 × 40 5/16)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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