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

Japan Science and Technology Agency

Institution, High-Tech, Consumption, National, Automation, Technology, Culture, Governance, Museum, Diagram

As part of the National Research and Development Agencies in Japan, its main objective is to build the infrastructure needed to support the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The agency is overseen by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Technology (MEXT) and the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI). Today’s focus according to the agency president Hamaguchi Michinari is to address issues like “basic science capacity, creating disruptive innovation, linking academia and industry, and nurturing human resources.” JST plays an imperative role in Japan’s Science and Technology Basic Plan, by “funding basic research, commercializing new technologies, distributing information, promoting international research and fostering the next generation human resources.”1
    Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) was first opened in 2001 in the Tokyo Academic Park as part of “The Basic Plan for Science and Technology”. The national museum also integrates a research area that allows visitors to see, fulfilling its main objective to provide an understanding of the developments in science and technology through hands-on experience and children’s games to incentivize young minds.2 Similar to the Miraikan, Parisian counterpart Le Cité des Sciences et de L’industrie, carries on the same objectives. Located in Parc de la Villette, first opened in 1986, the museum is one of 3 dozen Cultural Centres of Science, Technology and Industry (CCSTI).3 In both museums some of the thematic exhibitions are: The cosmos, human kind, sustainability, medicine, energy and robotics amongst others.
    These museums expose a national interest to guide society towards a knowledgeable future in the field of sciences, most of the exhibitions are to motivate the curious nature of children, providing a tangible experience of education through entertainment and play. In Japan, Robotics are an important feature since one of the solutions for the aging and decreasing population is to fill these working positions with various robotics, creating a special interest to the Japanese government.

1. Japan Science and Technology Agency: https://www.j
2. Miraikan Museum:
3. Cité des Sciences et de L’industrie: