Non-Intentional Design: Investigating alterations of space/objects at the public/private boundary in suburban Tokyo, Japan. A resource by Contact: Chris Berthelsen

Glove Storage on Receptacle

Gloves are stored right on top of the place they are to be used – the receptacle for empty beverage cans.

Glove Storage on Receptacle
Glove Storage on Receptacle
Glove Storage on Receptacle

Materials: Rubbish Bin
Location: Shibuya, Tokyo

Street Broom in Nook

Thanks to Jared Braiterman of Tokyo Green Space for this fix:
“I visited the Nezu Museum last week and saw this broom, resting in a cut-out of the outside wall. i love how this broom is just sitting near where it will be used, and there is NO concern for it being stolen.”

Materials: Nook
Location: Minato-Ku, Tokyo

Glove Drying in Hanging Pegs

Rubber gloves hung out to dry on hanging pegs attached to a gate in Sendagaya.

Materials: Pegs
Location: Sendagaya, Tokyo

Sink in Hose and Wire

Washbasin created with a short hose attached to the tap with wire and tape and secured at the correct level with wire twisted around a screw.

Materials: Wire, Electrical Tape
Location: Sendagaya, Tokyo

Tree as Garbage Disposal Storage

String turns tree trunk into storage space for plastic bags, pegs and nets needed for the apartment complex garbage disposal space.
Materials: String
Location: Mitaka, Tokyo

Tree as Storage

Tree as outdoor storage/drying space for mops and dustpan. Mops hang off hooks on branches.
Materials: Hooks
Location: Mitaka, Tokyo

Faucet in Hose Parts and Tape

Outdoor wet-space constructed from hose parts and made ‘watertight’ with tape. One spout fitted with hose connector for washing cars etc, one spout fitted with plastic piping for casual hand-washing and water-gathering. Tap/handle removed to prevent unauthorized use.
Materials: Hose, Tape
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Washbasin in Rags, Hose, Soap and Net

A community washbasin fashioned from a hose fixed to a tap, a net with a bar of soap, and rags to stop the leaking.

Material: Rag, Net, Hose
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Mega-Cities: Design Anthropology and Urban Landscapes
I'm delighted and honoured to have my FIXES work included in Jared Braiterman's Tokyo University graduate seminar on mega-cities.
You can download the syllabus [HERE]

Thanks to the URBAN DESIGN Lab 西村・北沢・窪田 都市デザイン研究室, Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo for making this a featured resource of their lab [LINK]

Vision Plus 2010
Thanks to the organizers of the conference for selecting this project as a featured resource, even though I was not able to attend.

Article: Small Places of Anarchy in the City: Three Investigations in Tokyo on This Big City

Article: The Non-Intentional Landscape of Tokyo - read at This Big City

Article: Framework for Neighbourhood Creative Climate - read at This Big City

Tokyo Green Space from Jared Braiterman is a great inspiration [LINK]

Urban Bricolage by @ehooge is an inspiring site on a related theme [LINK]

Treepolis by Christoph Rupprecht inspires me with investigations into informal green space, cities, and urban ecology with a focus on Australia and Japan [LINK]

Everyday Structures by @alanwiig is another fine site in the same vein [LINK]