Kamei Fumio Retrospective [PR and Educational Films]

Quiet Construction Methods

(“Shizukana kenchiku koho”)
- 1962 / Color / 16mm (orig. 35mm) / 31 min

Director, Script: Kamei Fumio
Photography: Sekiguchi Toshio
Production Company: Dentsu
Planning, Source: Takenaka Corporation

The usual method for building steel walls by driving steel sheet piles greatly disturbs the surrounding environment with noise and vibration. In response, a silent, vibration-free technique of tightening screws inside steel pipes was devised. After the screws are removed, iron bars are inserted, concrete is poured and a concrete foundation post is created underground. When this “Takenaka-Style Deep Foundation Construction Method” is used for foundations, one builds from the surface down. In another Takenaka methods, the underground portion is first built aboveground, then the dirt underneath dug out, letting the building settles of its own weight onto its underground foundation. Both quiet construction methods reduces noise in big cities. Takenaka Corporation handles construction from design to actual construction, and has built innumerable office buildings, factories and university buildings. In Osaka’s Festival Hall, an extremely well-made concert hall, the acoustics turned out just as planned, and the beautiful voices of the Vienna Boy’s Choir resonate there even today.

• Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Works] Hiking Song | Shape without Shape | An Introduction to Radio: The Audience | School Broadcasting | The Geology of Fuji | Airspace [Pre-War Documentary Films] Shanghai | Peking | Fighting Soldiers | Kobayashi Issa [Post-War Documentary Films] A Japanese Tragedy | Children of the Base | The People of Sunagawa | Wheat Will Never Fall | Still It’s Good to Live | Record of Blood: Sunagawa | The World Is Terrified: The Reality of the “Ash of Death” | Living in a Rough Sea | Fluttering Pigeons | Voice of Hiroshima | Men Are All Brothers | Towards a World without Arms | All Must Live: People, Insects and Birds | All Living Things Are Friends—Lullabies of Birds, Insects and Fish [Feature Films] War and Peace | A Woman’s Life | Become a Mother, Become a Woman | Woman Walking Alone on the Earth [PR and Educational Films] Poem of Life | Invitation to Japanese Architecture | Penmanship | Quiet Construction Methods | Living with Ideas: A Profile of Sharp | Let’s Weave a Rainbow | Hong Kong, Taipei | Norihei Travel Manners | The Southern Cross Is Calling | Wishing for Tomorrow’s Happiness [Other Works] Underwear Makes the Woman | The Models and the Photographer | Kamei on Kamei: A Record of Yesterday’s Film Production Discussion Group | Human Conceit: The World of Director Kamei Fumio