Doboku, in English civil engineering, is the foundation for designing an entire town to support comfortable, high-quality life. It comprises things indispensable to our daily lives, such as roads, railroads and other transportation networks; mobile phones, the Internet and other communications technologies; and waterworks, disaster countermeasures and other infrastructure. Doboku, a Japanese word for "civil engineering," is written with two Chinese characters, "do 土" (earth/soil) and "boku 木" (wood). It is our living environment itself, and, as the English term implies, it is also an engineering technology for people.

The foundation of our current daily lives has been formed with the accumulation of numerous efforts and innovations, from ancient traditional technologies to the development of modern-day research and technologies. Although our daily lives are closely connected to civil engineering, there are not too many opportunities to perceive it. Additionally, it is also an important aspect to build infrastructure while facing various environment.

The "DOBOKU: Civil Engineering" Exhibition aims to look at these things once again, rediscover and experience them, and create an opportunity to consider an even better future. Serving as the Exhibition Director, Hiroshi Nishimura is an expert in the fields of civil engineering and architecture who has designed station buildings and bridges, and created landscapes and towns all over Japan. For this exhibition, research has been conducted by the Exhibition Planning Team of civil engineering experts, as well as participating designers and artists who plan various exhibits that encourage the public to get to know civil engineering in greater depth.

Geography and natural environments vary from place to place; social infrastructures needed for people to carry out activities also differ from region to region. The "DOBOKU: Civil Engineering" Exhibition presents designs that support the foundation of our daily lives, and looks at designs which, while improving the living environment, harmonize with both nature and history.

June 24 (Fri.) - September 25 (Sun.), 2016
Tuesdays (Except August 23)
10:00-19:00 (Entrance until 18:30)
*Special opening hours for August 23 (Tue.) 10:00-17:00 (Entrance until 16:30)
General ¥1,100 / University Student ¥800 / High School Student ¥500 / Junior High School Student and under may enter for free
*¥200 discount for a group of over 15 people
*With a certification of disability, admission is free as well as that of an accompanying care-giver.
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Organized by:
In association with:
Agency for Cultural Affairs; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Embassy of Switzerland, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Shibuya City, MINATO CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Subsidized by:
Sakae Stünzi Foundation
Special Sponsor:
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Sponsored by:
TOKYU CORPORATION, Tokyu Land Corporation
Supported by:
Canon Inc., Canon Marketing Japan Inc., Canon Production Printing Systems Inc.

Exhibition Team

Exhibition Director:
Hiroshi Nishimura
Planning Associate:
Hiroshi Naito
Exhibition Planning Team:
Koichiro Sakitani, Daisuke Shimbori, Yugo Nakamura, Satoshi Hachima, Eiji Hato, Riki Honda
Text Writing:
Naoko Aono
Space Design Support:
Daisuke Sugawara
Lighting Design:
Haruki Kaito
Exhibition Graphic Design:
Masahiro Kakinokihara
Hideo Nakamura

Participating Creators / Participating Institutions

EAU, Kandensha co., ltd + Shigeo Kikuchi, Masahiro Kakinokihara, Takashi Kiriyama, Toshiyuki Kuwabara, Kana Kou (Kana Yoshida), Groundscape design institute + Kenta Iwamoto, Studio SR, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Keisuke Tamura + Showa Women's University Department of Environmental Science and Design Tamura Laboratory, DRAWING AND MANUAL, Hoichi Nishiyama, The Sakan Plastering Council of Japan, Satoshi Hachima, yakul, Yukihiro Yamagami, Yuichi Yokoyama, Rhizomatiks Research, WORKVISIONS, WOW, Ryuichi Watanabe + Laurent Ney, 403architecture [dajiba]

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