Hashima Gunkanjima
Studio Design UEM, Madrid 
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External View from the Island 

Archaeological Research Center for Urban Ruins. Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture


Due to the technological changes occurred in the late twentieth century in the global economy, Hashima Island was forced to abandon its coal production, resource that was progressively replaced throughout the country by oil
Consequently the island was abandoned becaming a post industrial vestige, container of productive waste from houses or industrial buildings. 

Closed and forbidden to the public for about 40 years, Hashima underwent major changes on its appearance and has changed, during these decades, into a hostile and dangerous place. The so-called "Battleship Island" or "Ghost island" can be read as a case study on the future of urban modernity remains internationally. In addition, due to the situation of its constructios, Hashima allows the analysis of the environmental and cultural footprints of modern Japan. This project is then a reflection on the future of the archaeological remains of the twentieth century. It investigates Hashima Island as a case study on the ruins of modernity, how they can be discovered, analyzed, archived and exhibited and aims to undersntand the  problems caused by earlier societies in otder to educate future ones about the impact of their actions and so to avoid similar situations in the future.