東京大学総合研究博物館 The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
東京大学 The University of Tokyo

 
New Developments in Spatial History / UMUT SPATIUM

From Space Collections to Space Creations
"Space” is the form in which the world is built and the basis of our existence. However, what is meant by the word "space" is not uniform. Various concepts of space have existed over the ages. Broadly speaking, space can be thought of as a place, expanse, and relationship. “Space as a place" is a local space derived from Aristotle's topos. "Space as an expanse” is an infinite homogeneous space defined by the Cartesian coordinate system. "Space as a relation” is a networked space in which physical unity is not essential. The expansion of the spatial concepts of place, expanse, and relation is deeply related to the diversity of human-space relations in contemporary society.
In the field of architecture, the idea of universal space was born in the 20th century. Architectural planning has been based on the "building type" such as an office and a school. The recent coronavirus pandemic spurred a change in the nature of proximity between humans. New possibilities can be found in the organic coordination of smaller space types that do not necessarily presuppose a pre-existing building type.
On the other hand, the field of natural history does not collect space as a specimen. In academic research, specimens are treated as objects, not spaces. Many specimens are separated from space and preserved as objects themselves. In natural history, nature was classified into the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms. The spaces in which they belonged were discarded. One of the new challenges awaiting natural history would be to capture the amorphous object of space, collect the various spaces that humans experience, and utilize them for future research and design.
The special exhibition "New Developments in Spatial History / UMUT SPATIUM" aims to collect and preserve architectural and urban spaces, and to link them to the creation of new spaces in the future. The University Museum, the university of Tokyo has formed an architectural collection mainly in the Koishikawa Annex. The Koishikawa Annex (formerly the main building of the former Tokyo Medical School) has been closed since January 2021 after a seismic basic diagnosis in 2020 revealed that its seismic performance may be inadequate. This exhibition utilizes the resources of “ARCHITECTONICA,” a permanent exhibition at the Koishikawa Annex. We intend to assemble a new flow of contents through the creation of new architectural models and video works, and to present the direction of spatial history.


Exhibition Leaflet (PDF, Japanese)

Exhibition Contents
Models
 Spatial Specimens : Large-scale models representing the composition and form of architecture
 Spatial Curation : Reorganization of world's famous buildings in the same scale
 Spatial Documentation : Replicated models of the historical school buildings of the University of Tokyo
 Spatial Collection : A collection of architectural models made by students of the University of Tokyo
Images
 Spatial Travelogue: A photo slide show of architectural spaces around the world
 Spatial Dynamics: The Koishikawa Annex, UMUT in 3DVR


New Developments in Spatial History / UMUT SPATIUM
Period : 2021.11.11 -
Institution : Hongo Main Museum, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
Location : 7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Access : 6-8 minutes on foot from Hongo-sanchome station of the subway Marunouchi line or Oedo line
Map : http://www.um.u-tokyo.ac.jp/information/map_en.html
Target Visitors : Faculty members and students of the University of Tokyo only (for the time being)
Opening Days : Thursdays and Fridays (closed on holidays)
Opening Hours : 10:00-16:00 (advanced reservation is necessary)
Admission : Free of charge
Contact : +81 (0)50-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)
Website : http://www.um.u-tokyo.ac.jp/spatium/index_en.html
Host Organization : The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
Cooperation : IARU-International Alliance of Research Universities, KURIMOTO Co.,LTD

Exhibition Planners and Collaborators

Exhibition Planning and Design : Fumio Matsumoto (Project Professor, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo)
Koishikawa Annex : Eisei Tsurumi (Assistant Professor, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo)
  Akihiko Nagai (Project Researcher, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo)
3DVR Production : Yuta Tokunaga (ARCHI HATCH Co., Ltd)
3D Printed Model Production : Hidetoshi Kurimoto, Yoshiharu Kato, Satoshi Fujimoto (KURIMOTO Co.,LTD)
3D Modeling : Tomoki Kobayashi, Yuta Yamaguchi, Sho Tazaki, Takeru Imuro, Kohei Abe
Rendering Collaboration : Jianing Xu
Networking Support : Hirohisa Mori
Modelers : Giovanni Sacchi, Takahiko Abe (teco), Kazunori Yokotsuka (R=)
Student Modelers : Model Making Seminar, the University of Tokyo (2008-2021)
Shiho Mimuro, Nagisa Kijima, Mengtian Huang, Michiki Matsuda, Yuta Kangawa, Teruyoshi Kaneko, Wakana Nishimura, Rei Yamaguchi, Shujiro Imaeda, Takahiro Hirayama, Hyuiying Sun Mame, Takako Miyamoto, Yusuke Tsunematsu, He Yao, Kohyoh Yang, Yuka Yokoyama, Yu Uchikura, Reo Tanishige, Kazuya Nikami, Yu Takahara, Mizuki Iseki, Misa Hiraga, Miho Kougo, Kensuke Mori, Nanami Yoshioka, Shizuka Nishida, An Sakaguchi, Yuko Ninomiya, Kouhei Matsubara, Shoko Imada, Eugene Tsukahara, Hiraku Chiba, Keigo Arita, Taiga Urata, Yu Saito, Ayaka Kuroki, Mami Kitamura, Kei Tokuhira, Tomoya Maekawa, Masaya Todo, Takato Akiyama, Yuta Itoh, Taku Inagaki, Mio Kawai, Motoko Kei, Yuki Furuchi, Teisuke Sakai, Takayuki Suzuki, Takehiko Suzuki, Eri Sumitomo, Misa Fujii, Ayane Maekawa, Yui Makita, Tomohiro Ichimanda, Shingo Inoue, Erina Kuryu, Kengo Sato, Mitsuharu Yoshisato, Keigo Nakajima, Junichi Matsumoto, Kaoru Yamaoka
Display Construction : Akashio Co., Ltd


Exhibition room


Exhibition room


Architecture in the 20th Century (Institutional Architecture)


Architecture in the 20th Century (Residential Architecture)


Spaces of Proximity (Social space model)


3DVR of the Koishikawa Annex, UMUT

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