The current exhibition at the Embassy of Japan presents the work of ADS6, a post-graduate architecture design studio at the Royal College of Art in London.
This work investigates material culture in Japan and Britain and how contemporary ideas concerning relations between industry, people, materials and knowledge inform local identities in both countries.
Working under the theme of The Deindustrial Revolution, under the guidance of course tutors Satoshi Isono, Clara Kraft and Dr Guan Lee, the students’ research has focused on how changes in the manufacturing landscape are having a profound effect on architectures and cities.
In 2015, both students and tutors travelled to Japan to visit a variety of emerging, established or declining industries in order to investigate how economic upswings and downturns, technological innovations and shifts have affected the Japanese manufacturing landscape. At four different sites in Japan, those on the research trip were able to look at a variety of industries either in states of abandonment or decline, and those which are well-established or emerging.