Seeking to explore power as crucial factor in the design of the built environment, we will look at energy systems and related objects, from sites of generation to spaces of consumption, from distribution networks to control rooms.

Tutors: Filip Geerts and Sanne van den Breemer
Director of Studies: Salomon Frausto

Contributors: Santiago Ardila, Juan Benavides, Daniella Camarena, Stef Dingen, Marco Fusco, Jack Garay Arauzo, Theodora Gelali, Shaiwanti Gupta, Hao Hsu, Marianthi Papangelopoulou, Felipe Quintero, Gent Shehu, Siyuan Wang

地産地消 (Chisan-chissho)

Public opinion, Hydro Power, Generation, Local, Governance, Image

“Chisan chissho” is a japanese expression that literally means “local production, local consumption”, as it advocates particular local dynamics in relation to power, and therefore distribution and consumption on the smaller scale. Generation of power in a small scale, especially hydropower, is not that recent: windmills are the cornerstone of water-managing, results of a local venture, rather than of such a big investment and effort, in the case of a dam. So it is something that has been digested and tested for a while, something that it culturally embedded in local remote japanese villages. Japan is pioneer of “micro-hydro”, whose output is less than 100 KW, having 1695 small hydropower plants with a total capacity of 5225 MW (8.6% of Japan’s total hydropower capacity). Such plants find application in rice growing and agriculture in general. Small scale hydroelectric plants in Japan are apparently looked at positively by the Government as well as by communities. They represent the local production, as they are advocates of environmentally friendly regional projects that actually benefit their communities. Here are some comments on a YouTube video made by “jstsciencechannel” about hydropower in Japan:

truman show - 3 years ago (modified)
In policies through science and technology, I think it is important not only to develop and disseminate new technologies, but also to maintain and preserve the existing ones.”

山田太郎 - 6 months ago
“農業用水路とか小さい川での発電機の設置。いいじゃんw なかなかバカにならないんだよな。1台で一般家庭8戸分の電気を常に生産し続ける。
Installation of generators in agricultural waterways and small rivers. It’s good. I doesn’t get stupid. One unit constantly produces electricity for eight households.”

ホッカイドウ - 1 month ago (modified)
“僻地に住むのつらそう しかしこのハイテクの時代にもなって水力発電の仕事って昔のまんまなんやなぁ
Let’s live in a remote place. However, even in this high-tech era, the work of hydropower is exactly what it was in the past.”