G30 Obuchi Laboratory at the University of Tokyo is dedicated to interdisciplinary design research connecting architecture, engineering, and computations to explore the ecosystems of contemporary urban environments. It seeks to develop and speculate upon new knowledge for architecture, where the practice of design engages in both social constructs and material performances on a number of scales. Its goal is to redefine the role of architecture as the essential element to theorise, conceptualise, analyse, form, organise, and generate new ideas of and for sustainable future–‐built environments.
In order to maximize the potential of being part of advanced research laboratories at the University of Tokyo’s Engineering School, our design projects are pursued in collaboration with specialized engineers and researchers to promote a creative environment where ideas are discussed and then tested with both analogue and computation tools to simulate the life–‐like processes of city organizations. The focus of our research is the development of comprehensive design proposals, exploring the interconnectivity of urban systems based on the movement of matter, energy, and information. It systematically examines and speculates on the rapidly emerging and evolving contemporary built environment and its design challenges through both theoretical and specific architectural design investigations leading to a rigorous Design Thesis Project.