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Tokyo Nightscape 2050


Date: October 13, 2004-November 8, 2004
Place: Matsuya Ginza 7F Design Gallery 1953
Host: Japan Design Committee

The place is Tokyo. The year is 2050. The topic is light. One hundred and nineteen professionals from various fields, architects, designers, photographers, critics, were brought together to discuss and predict the future of light in Tokyo. Will the future grow darker? Or will it become brighter? The psychological state of the people and society were also critical factors in these predictions, which have taken the form of words, models, and video, now on display in Ginza.

To show the lives of people in 2050, three types of models, HOME, STREET, and CITY, were made by the students of Mende seminar of Musashino Art University. A city image where there are many desires and leaps and bounds for imagination, such as houses with no lighting fixtures and scattered light-emitting surfaces, towns without street lights, and towns that shine with multiple layers was drawn.

No lighting fixture.
Only the decorative luminaries of candlelight survive.
Floors, walls, ceilings, table tops, etc. emit light.
The light-emitting surface plays a role as not only the lighting but also information such as TV and newspapers.
Large dimming control glass screen for taking in sunlight.
Control how the space shines freely.

No pole light on the street.
Cars and pedestrians shine.
The road is not illuminated but emits light.
Completely separate human and car traffic levels.
Lanes shine and car driving is automated.
Greening progresses and street trees and plants emit plenty of O2. 

The whole city is gently lit.
Only business clusters and 24-hour business centers shine strangely.
Only business clusters and 24-hour business centers are highlithed.
More green areas like the Imperial Palace
There are shining people and houses like particles.
Layer ① Map, ② Excitement / Commercial, ③ Bright line / Road, ④ Green, ⑤ Particle / House

Where the light is heading
If you pick up the words of the prophets lined up on the wall, you will be able to see the nightscape of Tokyo in 2050, even if it is vague.

Not everything is covered in darkness, but it is not a scene where the brightness is evenly distributed. The required brightness is scattered around the city, and in some places it emits very strong light. While the light is regularly controlled, there is a constant need for the light inherited in human nature. What kind of light do you want in 2050?