The Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition Archive is a website curated by Dr. Cathelijne Nuijsink. It aims to bring the EU Horizon 2020-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral research project “Architecture as a Cross-Cultural Exchange: The Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition, 1965-2017”—and its underlying call for more diversity, multiple authorship, and inclusivity in architectural historiography—to a large and diverse audience.
The website will be launched during the official opening of the exhibition “Call for Lost Entries: The Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition, 1965-2020”at gta Exhibitions (ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg campus) on November 25, 2021. The physical exhibition serves as a local hub for knowledge exchange about the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition and solicits lost competition entries. This website, meanwhile, acts as a public platform that invites visitors from around the world to contribute to an alternative historiography of this long-running housing ideas competition from Japan. Alongside archiving the multiple winning entries, the website sets out to collect the rest of the 17,000 competition entries that did not win any award (and were not published) but are considered crucial in making the history of the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition (1965-present) more global and inclusive.