日常生活をデザインする土木を体感 The designers behind everyday life.

「渋谷駅解体」田中智之”Shibuya Station Dismantling” Tomoyuki Tanaka

どこかに行こうと思えば車で道路を走ったり、最寄り駅から電車に乗れば目的地に行けるし、道はちゃんと舗装されているので、凸凹で歩きづらい、ということもない。インターネット(主にSNS)や携帯電話は日本全国のみならず世界中と繋がっていて、会ったことのない人とも話したり交流が持てる。喉が渇いたなと思って蛇口をひねればすぐに水が出てくるし、先進国ならインフラストラクチャーは万全。何不自由なく暮らすことのできる日常の根幹を支えているのが土木なのだが、身近にありながら、当たり前のこととして気にする機会というのは非常に少ない。そんな土木について楽しく、わかりやすく伝える展覧会「土木展」が21_21 DESIGN SIGHTにて開催中だ。

Have you ever stopped to think about the civil engineering behind everyday life?
Whenever we want to go somewhere, we'll drive our car on the immaculately paved highway or catch a train from the convenient subway station nearby. Our phones are always connected to a data network, offering fast internet access wherever we are and calls to whoever we want - even people we've never met in real life. If we're thirsty, we just turn a tap and water flows out in abundance. These everyday occurrences are taken for granted in the majority of developed countries across the world.


However, did you stop to think about the engineering behind the vast infrastructure we make constant use of? An exhibition at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo is diving into the complex web of engineering that lies at our fingertips but is often ignored, really forcing you to think about daily life in a different way.


“DOBOKU: Civil Engineering” Exhibition at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT' sees creative group “WORKVISIONS” CEO Hiroshi Nishimura step in as director, assembling a large number of industry pros, designers and artists to help visualise the works of civil engineering in an easy-to-understand way. The exhibition is split into themes such as 'Cityscapes' and Doboku Actions, with interactive installations, projections and drawings. There are video archives showing the Japanese civil engineering boom during economic growth period, leading up to the present day. Of course, the main attraction is the 'Doboku Orchestra' - a musical display of civil engineering history. More over, there are t-shirts and other original goods on sale, and you can grab a killer curry at two restaurants in Tokyo Midtown. For a bit of an untraditional outing, why not check it out?



DOBOKU: Civil Engineering

Place: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
Dates: Open now until 25th September
Closed: Tuesdays (Special open on 23rd August)
Opening times: 10:00 - 19:00 (doors close at 18:30)
(23rd August only: 10:00 - 17:00, doors close at 16:30)
Entrance fee: General ¥1100, Student ¥800, High school student ¥500,
Junior high school student and younger free.
*Groups of 15 people and over will receive a ¥200 discount per person
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