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Minoru Yamasaki interview, [ca. 1959 Aug.]

Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-1986



Collection Information

Size: Sound recording, master: 1 sound tape reel; 7 in.

Transcript: 33 p.

Sound recording, duplicate: 2 compact discs 4 3/4 in.

Summary: An interview of Minoru Yamasaki conducted by Virginia Harriman.

Yamasaki discusses his philosophy of architecture; his belief that architecture should be based on human experience; and his design of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Using architectural models present at the interview, Yamasaki discusses several of his architectural projects, including the Conservatory of Music for Oberlin College; the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, it being the first high building built in Detroit in some years, building to convey a sense of upwardness; World Agricultural Fair for India (temporary) opening December 11, 1959, participating with other countries, Trade Fair Building, exhibit entitled "Mala U.S.A." [Mala means fair in Indian], showing a series of different experiences at a country fair; St. Louis Air Terminal; Benjamin Franklin Junior High School; Wayne Education Building; McGregor Building; Daran Air Terminal (Arabia); trying to be consistent in buildings; Gothic arch; learning from the past about qualities one seeks in architecture; being true to technology; Japanese architecture; serene buildings; machine-made buildings; and limiting himself to public buildings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) was an architect from Troy, Mich.


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Minoru Yamasaki interview, [ca. 1959 Aug.]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.