DANCHI / Social Housing Life in Tokyo
Collaboration project with URVOY Isabelle (Architect / D.P.L.G)

TOKYO’S STATE-PROVIDED CHEAP HOUSING STORIES:

From after the Second World War, Tokyo city and its urban planning office decided to pay
more attention to provide a housing and modern accommodation to the migrant and the working class. It was the first time in Japan, the people could live in a building secured against earthquake and fire with all the modern equipments.

To rebuild the city and to restart economy in Japan, they have not hesitated to freely use
innovative ideas to create a new lifestyle. Thus, the Danchi, through its development and the use of modern equipment, is compared at this time, to a contemporary "village". Now after 60 years written, those complexes of apartment are clearly deteriorated and the first generation of dwelling almost demolished.

Anyway the “community” of those “social housings” stays one of the most important
phenomenon in the expansion of the popular culture from Tokyo. Some nostalgia of the ordinary happiness is existing there and leads inspiration of many artists from Tokyo, for example Manga and fashion designers, writers, movies makers. Maybe because in Tokyo those old residences recovered by many greenery, offer a place to feel the trace and the memories of childhood.

Text by URVOY Isabelle

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