Building the Bubble: Architecture of High-Tech in Japan in the 1980s and Now

Spring 2017 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Jennifer Hsiaw (Architecture) This project will investigate the impact of high-tech corporate construction on urban and suburban conditions in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. I seek to understand how these corporate structures changed the landscape of Tokyo by visiting past and current sites of factories and offices and their surrounding settlements. I am interested in the quotidian experience of these spaces and the interactions of these private enterprises with the public city. As venture-capital investment flows increasingly to startup hubs around the world, the spatial consequences of the influx of money and subsequent development are crucial to the quality of life for a growing number of people. Through close encounters with these projects, I aim to produce drawings and analyses of their effect on everyday life.