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RUR Architecture working files

RUR Architecture working files

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People

  • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

Title

RUR Architecture working files

Dates of creation

1996-2014

Level of archival description

Series

Extent and Medium

  • 133 digital files (280 MB)
  • 42 sketches, drawings and printed renderings
  • 5 models

Scope and Content

This series documents Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto’s design process for the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library competition in 1996.

The variety of formats present in the series relate to the firm’s design process for this project, where manual drawings, physical models and CAD software contributed to one another throughout design iteration. Some digital files were created after the competition.

Manual drawings include penciled sketches, detailed inked plans and printed CAD files generally taped on larger mylar sheets. They represent either plans or details of the building’s design. The printed renderings most often present elevations and sections of the buildings. For plans, other printed CAD files were inked back on mylar sheets. Drawings are often annotated and precisely identify the different elements of the library’s program.

Digital files represent either elements of the architectural design (conveyors, auditorium, store, etc.) or detailed plans, including topographical lines and 3-D models. They include rendered and scanned images and plans in TIFF, GIF, JPEG, PICT (MacIntosh QuickDraw) and FH5 (Macromedia Freehand) file formats. Most CAD models were created in form*Z, although Microstation DGN files and IGES files created in Alias are also present in the project records. The directory “Kansai Documents” contains a few textual records created with the publishing software QuarkXPress, including labels to be printed and used on physical drawings, correspondence and a text by Jesse Reiser for the Reversible Destiny exhibition catalogue in 1997.

Most directories and file names are indicative of the file’s content, clearly referring to building elements, although in some cases files names are non-descriptive. For example, some files use the name of one of the assistants (Yama). File names are sometimes repeated in different directories, including files that are part of AP177.S2.001

Reference Number

AP177.S1

Arrangement

Material in the series was arranged by the creator and has been kept in its original order, except for the five models which were rehoused in custom boxes.

Drawings, printed renderings, models and some digital images were numbered and inventoried by RUR Architecture in no particular order. Drawings and printed renderings were rehoused and kept their inventory order. Inventory numbers are written on interleaves within the folders.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

  • Gift of RUR Architecture on 18 February 2014.

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.001
    • Title: Renderings of the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
    • Dates of creation: 1996-2014
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file consists of images corresponding to renderings from CAD software created after the competition, likely for exhibitions or publications. It was transferred to CCA on a CD identified “RUR Architecture Kansai inventory 2/17/14”.
    Original directory name: "Digital". Most common file formats: Tagged Image File Format.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 21 digital files (169 MB)

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.002
    • Title: Drawings and printed renderings of the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library (1 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1996
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 5

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 ink drawings on mylar, 2 print-outs on paper, 2 graphite drawings on trace paper, 1 graphite and ink drawing on trace paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 61 x 91 cm Sheet (smallest): 22 x 61 cm

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

    Folder Number:

    177-2017-004 OS1

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • ARCH278823
      • Level 2 plan: general reference reading room,asian documentary and information center, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH278825
      • Sketch for library's first level plan and topography, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH278826
      • Topographical drawing of the library, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.003
    • Title: Drawings and printed renderings of the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library (2 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1996
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 6

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 5 ink drawings on mylar, 4 pencil drawings on trace paper and 2 paper print-outs on mylar

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 64 x 92 cm Sheet (smallest): 17 x 28 cm

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

    Folder Number:

    177-2017-005 OS1

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • ARCH277739
      • Parking level plan, scale 1:600, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH277740
      • Operational systems department plan, scale 1:600, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH278132
      • Topographic landscape site plan with inserted building roofscape, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH278827
      • Library entrance plan, scale 1:300, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH278828
      • Level 1B plan: cooperation system department and asian studies, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH278829
      • Level 1A plan: administration system department, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.004
    • Title: Drawings and printed renderings of the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library (3 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1996
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 pencil drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper and 3 print-outs on Clearprint™ translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 60 x 91 cm Sheet (smallest): 28 x 44 cm

    Physical Description:

    Drawings in this file were made on Clearprint™ translucent paper. The mineral oil transparentizing agent in this paper can leach into and cause oily stains in adjacent papers. It can also solubilize certain inks. Drawings are isolated in the folder with Mylar™ barriers and interleaves that should be kept in order when drawings are being accessed.

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

    Folder Number:

    177-2017-006 OS1

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • ARCH278824
      • Sketch for circulation in the library store (spiral), Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH278835
      • Topographical drawing of the library, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.005
    • Title: Drawings and printed renderings of the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library (4 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1996
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 pencil drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper and 2 print-outs on Clearprint™ translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 70 x 91 cm Sheet (smallest): 42 x 48 cm

    Physical Description:

    Drawings in this file were made on Clearprint™ translucent paper. The mineral oil transparentizing agent in this paper can leach into and cause oily stains in adjacent papers. It can also solubilize certain inks. Drawings are isolated in the folder with Mylar™ barriers and interleaves that should be kept in order when drawings are being accessed.

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

    Folder Number:

    177-2017-007 OS1

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • ARCH277741
      • South and West elevations of the library and stacks, scale 1:300, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.006
    • Title: Drawings and printed renderings of the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library (5 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: circa 1996
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 7

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 5 pencil drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper and 2 print-outs on Clearprint™ translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 63 x 91 cm Sheet (smallest): 41 x 56 cm

    Physical Description:

    Drawings in this file were made on Clearprint™ translucent paper. The mineral oil transparentizing agent in this paper can leach into and cause oily stains in adjacent papers. It can also solubilize certain inks. Drawings are isolated in the folder with Mylar™ barriers and interleaves that should be kept in order when drawings are being accessed.

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

    Folder Number:

    177-2017-008 OS1

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • ARCH277737
      • Drawings of an exploded structural diagram of the stacks and an isometric view of the structural system, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH277738
      • Longitudinal and latitudinal sections, scale 1:300, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
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      • ARCH277989
      • Topographical plan and section of level 2: general reference reading room,asian documentary and information center, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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      • ARCH278817
      • Sketch of level 1B on the stacks building side, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
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      • ARCH278818
      • Sketch of level 1B corporation system on the library side, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
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      • ARCH278819
      • Sketch for the book shelves pattern, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
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      • ARCH278820
      • Final sketch plan of level 2: general reference reading room,asian documentary and information center, scale 1:500, Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, Seika, Japan
      • Form: drawings
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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.007
    • Title: Models and casts of the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
    • Dates of creation: circa 1996
    • Form: models
    • Catalogued items within this file 5

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 wax models
    • 2 plaster casts
    • 1 cardboard and foamcore model

    Dimensions:

    Model (largest): 9 x 45 x 15 cm Model (smallest): 1 x 25 x 6 cm

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.008
    • Title: RUR Architecture digital working files of the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file consists of the digital working files retained by RUR Architecture at their office. It was transferred to CCA on an EZ Drive cartridge identified “Reiser + Umemoto Kansai-kan National Diet Library”.

    The following files were forward-migrated to versions 6 and 7, or 8, of form*Z Project File format:
    Kansai Diagrams/diagram-1
    Kansai 3-D Models/building/COMPLETE BUILDING
    Kansai 3-D Models/building/pig.1
    Kansai 3-D Models/building/scissors
    They are available through AP177.S1.008.FM

    Most common file formats: form*Z Project File, Macintosh PICT Image, Quark Xpress Data File, Microstation CAD Drawing, Graphics Interchange Format, Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES), Macromedia Freehand.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 112 digital files (111 MB), 1 EZ Drive 135 MB cartridge

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

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    • Reference Number: AP177.S1.008.FM
    • Title: Four files forward-migrated to form*Z 6, 7 or 8 from RUR Architecture digital working files for the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
    • Dates of creation: 2015-2017
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • RUR Architecture (archive creator)

    Description:

    Files were migrated by a CCA collaborator in 2015 and in 2017 as part of the preparation for the Archaelogy of the Digital Complexity and Convention exhibit and ePublications series.

    While files “diagram-1” and “pig” were migrated to version 8 of the software, files “COMPLETE BUILDING” and “scissors” were migrated to both versions 6 and 7 of form*z.

    Original files may be found within AP177.S1.008, at these file paths:
    Kansai Diagrams/diagram-1
    Kansai 3-D Models/building/COMPLETE BUILDING
    Kansai 3-D Models/building/pig.1
    Kansai 3-D Models/building/scissors

    Most common file formats: form*Z Project File

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 digital files (15 MB)

    Physical Description:

    Files may be accessed using form*Z software version 6 to 8.

    Credit line:

    RUR Architecture Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de RUR Architecture/
    Gift of RUR Architecture

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