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  • Design’s Objects: Furniture, Technical Drawing and Public Education in Modern Japan

Teasley, Sarah, 2010, Journal Article, Design’s Objects: Furniture, Technical Drawing and Public Education in Modern Japan Technology and Culture. (Unpublished)

Abstract or Description:

This article takes the changing status of the technical drawing and—to a lesser extent—the technical specification in early twentieth century Japan as a case study for analyzing the way that mediation, the translation of concepts between media, functions within the design process: both the functions desired for mediation, and the role that mediation can play. Beginning with historical context and precedents, then moving onwards to discuss technical drawing and specifications for woodworking in Japan circa 1900-1915, it analyzes the changes prescribed for technical drawing and writing for furniture-making professionals. It speculates as to the logic behind technical drawing’s promotion to both professionals and the general public, and suggests that its promoters hoped that mediation would play a key role in the professionalization of woodworking as a modern scientific and rational discipline. The article was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed architectural history and theory journal Propositions, but the journal folded prior to the article's publication. It will be resubmitted to the peer-reviewed journal Technology and Culture, following an invitation to do so, in summer 2013.

Subjects: Other > Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P305 Paper-based Media studies
Other > Eastern > T200 Japanese studies > T230 Japanese Society and Culture studies
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V100 History by period > V140 Modern History
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V370 History of Design
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Copyright Holders: Sarah Teasley
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 16:16
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2013 16:16
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/564

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