Tokyo: Shoten Kenchikusha Co., 1972-73. 4 vols., folio, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Four issues (all published) of experimental Japanese architecture magazine Tau (Trans-Architecture & Urban Phenomena). Directed by Takashi Ishikawa, the magazine presents architecture and urban planning with a neofuturistic slant, similar to the highly conceptual British architecture group, Archigram. Each issue is designed with dense layouts that bring together text, photos, architectural sketches, data-visualizations, and illustrations, all printed on various colored paper-stocks, occasionally in colored ink monotones. Issue one features a photo-collaged cover by Tseunehisa Kimura, an insert for a foldable media-cube directed by architect Minoru Takeyama and based on Naoki Yoshimoto’s cubes, and color illustrations by Michihiro Kimura. (This issue also has five loose pages laid in of an "investigation" that has been cut out, as instructed; while printed on a yellow paper only present in issue one, the page numbers are not in sequence, nor are there obvious pages missing from the issue.) Issue two features a cover designed by Research Institute for Relics, a foldable model of the Apollo spacecraft (in pink and green), and a nine-page portfolio of full-bleed illustrations. Issue three includes cover illustration by Mishihiro Kimura and a second but different media cube. Issue four uses clouds against a blue sky as the cover and recurring background throughout the spreads. Untrimmed subscription cards present in all issues. Small hole diecut to upper right corner of each issue. Light edgewear and soiling throughout, all issues with some degree of foxing, most present in issue three. Very good. Rare, with only two copies located in OCLC. Item #8411