Artist portrays the fall of Japanese public housing

Mar 15, 2018, 7:01 AM EDT

“Danchi,” the massive Japanese public housing blocks, which boomed across the country in the 1960s, accommodating a rapidly growing population, today wear a dilapidated look deprived of their glorious identity, forsaken and forgotten.

Cody Ellingham, in his latest photographic project “Danchi Dreams,” captures the decay of these iconic clusters of 15-story blocks, portraying both the decline in stature and the slight remnants of the original dream these housings symbolized during Japan’s days of economic miracle, notes Design Boom.

These houses were not mere brick and mortar structures but a vision of a harmonious life and Japan’s newfound prosperity, a sentiment that Ellingham attempts to showcase in his images.