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


Idealization of a system, FuelResources, National, Tokyo Bay, Construction, Economy, Governance, Infrastructure, Illustration

Tokyo was infamous for its polluted air and tinted sky. This was mainly due to the coal emissions from its thermal power plants. As Japan moved to ‘cleaner’ technologies and other sources of power generation, this emission was considerably reduced. Amidst the Smog of Tokyo, funny enough, it was impossible to see Chiba. Which visually started to appear as the sky became clearer.
When looking through the lens of Fuel, Tokyo bay portrays an idealised study area. A place where fuel realizes its completion. A place that has seen evolution of systems throughout time and is still developing with new land being added through land reclamation. Tokyo Bay portrays the multifaceted cycle of fuel procurement, refinement, consumption and other related areas of integrated facilities that has a direct impact and effect on a metropolis.
    Tokyo Bay saw its transformation after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. When the land was sporadically leased and sold out to expedite reconstruction. This led to development of an industrialized belt as it had all the necessary resources of water, electricity, raw material needed as a resource to develop on. The proximity to Tokyo provided governance and administrative benefits.
    The area consists of Koto city - is a small part of Tokyo Metropolis with urban infrastructure and large-scale building facilities, Kanagawa prefecture on east and Yokohama on west. Connected through aqua line it completes the circle. Establishments like Housing JXTG energy (Ltd.) Negishi Refinery, Japan Navy Base, Keiyo Industrial Zone and Yokohama Industrial area are complemented with residential, civic and historic restorations. All fuelled with extraordinary mobility networks based on various kinds of power and fuel sources.

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