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Tokyo Tracing House

SEKAI+m.ichijo+n.murakami+Akinai-garden

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“Tokyo Tracing House” is a project that “traces” buildings by casting the outsides of buildings in concrete. The object newly made by this process is given life while still holding its past memories.

According to the artists, “compared to countries abroad, the landscape of Japan, and especially Tokyo, is constructed by a ‘scrap and build’ method of demolishing and reconstructing buildings. While the Tokyo landscape that changes day-by-day improves economic growth and city flow, it also loses layers of history, context, and stories”.

By tracing Tokyo’s buildings, the simple “scrap and build” method will be broken down, and the layers of Tokyo’s history will be visualized. From there, the project aims at successfully bringing contemporary newness to history, and creating new values that bridge the lines of history.

(As of March 2020)

1: “Tokyo Tracing House” image of completed plan, 2019, Photo by Sekai
2: “Tokyo Tracing House” image of completed plan, 2019, Photo by Sekai
3: “Tokyo Tracing House” image of production process, 2019, Photo by Sekai

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SEKAI+m.ichijo+n.murakami+Akinai-garden

SEKAI+m.ichijo+n.murakami+Akinai-garden is a project team focused mainly on architecture. Centered on participation rather than creativity, the project for Tokyo Biennale 2020 has opened the gates for the team. From the initial stages of the project, the team has conducted verification tests with the cooperation of Otsuka Laboratory at the Institute of Technologists, experts in construction materials. Members from various fields such as photographers and demolition specialists are also scheduled to join their activities in the future. Making both art and architecture, this is a new project team transcending existing frameworks whose members share the same goals.

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