Kyoto Institute of Technology

Kyoto Design Lab [D-lab] receives a Red Dot 2020 for Food Shaping Kyoto

January 12, 2021

"Food Shaping Kyoto" documents how the city has been shaped by its culture by visualising it as "food ecosystems". The exhibition showcases the relationship between the city and food through six key words - including water, markets, distribution, urban morphology and the local Gion Festival - that link urban structure and food culture production. This is then depicted by architectural models, food models and tools used at the local Nishiki Market, as well as by drawings, photographs and images. Also designed were tables introducing urban research, a library tower with collected objects and a chamber showing a 360-degree video of the market, which is crucial to Kyoto's food culture.

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About the Red Dot Design Award

With more than 18,000 entries, the Red Dot Award is one of the world's largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept.

In 2020, a total of 6,992 creative projects and brands from 50 countries were entered in the competition. In line with the motto "In search of good design and creativity", the 24 international jurors assessed this year's entries online and examined each piece of work and each brand individually and extensively in a professional manner. They paid special attention to the form, the idea and the impact. Ultimately, 909 projects that convinced the experts in terms of their high design quality and creative achievement received a distinction.

The award winners are presented in the yearbooks, museums and online. More information is available at »

About Food Shaping Kyoto>

How has the city of Kyoto been shaped by its culture cultivated over a long period of time and the food ecosystem from production to consumption? In the exhibition "Food Shaping Kyoto" the relationship between the city and food was understood through 6 key words that cross urban structure and food culture-production, water, markets, distribution, urban morphology, and Gion Festival and was depicted by architectural models, food models, tools used in the Nishiki market as well as drawings, photographs, and images that represent the results of research.
Tables introducing urban research, a library tower with objects collected through research, a chamber showing 360-degree video of the market crucial to Kyoto's food culture, and a ceiling installation that inspires Kyoto's traditional food and market decorations were designed to link the circular space characteristic of the Buckminster Fuller Dome with the food ecosystem. We proposed a new exhibition design that provides visitors with a spatial sense of immersion in Kyoto.

photo by Tomomi Takano