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

Robust Homeless Village made of Refrigerators

This village constructed by homeless people took over a large part of Nagoya’s central Shirakawa Koen. As you can see, the defensive wall around the outside of the village was constructed from an array of broken down refrigerators and tree stumps. A very robust set-up that was unfortunately no match for the ‘city beautifiers’ who attempted to destroy what was left of Nagoya’s soul in the run up to the 2005 Aichi Expo.

Materials: Refrigerators, Tree stumps
Location: Shirakawa Park, Nagoya

Gate in Wire and Rope

Rope barrier/gate reinforced, strengthened and given weight (helps stop it swinging in the breeze) with wire wrapped around its length.

Gate in Wire and Rope
Gate in Wire and Rope
Gate in Wire and Rope
Gate in Wire and Rope

Materials: Wire, Rope
Location: Tachikawa, Tokyo

Reflector Gate

Safety reflector tape on driveway gate and wall make late night parking a breeze.
Materials: Reflector Tape
Location: Hachioji, Tokyo

Gate held together with String, Wire and Hook

String tied around a hook keeps this gate open. Wire binds it to the concrete block wall.
Materials: String, Wire, Hook
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Archway in Duct Tape

Crumbling entrance archway held together with duct tape.
Materials: Duct Tape
Location: Harajuku, Tokyo

Entrance in Branches

Entranceway fashioned from tree branches. Inside edge cut smooth.
Materials: Tree branches
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Gate with Plastic Ties

Gateposts held together with plastic ties.
Materials: Plastic Ties
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Gate Latch in Wire

New gate latch constructed entirely in wire. Stunning attention to detail/use requirements.
Materials: Wire
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]