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

Rubbish Drop-Off Roof Garden

The top of the rubbish drop-off point for this apartment complex has been transformed into a bright community flower garden. A lovely twist to the usually forboding and odorous gaping deadspace.

Rubbish Drop-off Roof Garden
Rubbish Drop-off Roof Garden
Rubbish Drop-off Roof Garden
Rubbish Drop-off Roof Garden
Rubbish Drop-off Roof Garden

Location: Akishima, Tokyo

(Originally posted on Tokyo-DIY-Gardening)

“Dump No Rubbish”

“Dump No Rubbish” sign in card and marker posted on drink vending machine can disposal bin.

Throw No Rubbish
Dump No Rubbish

Materials: Card
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Tree as Dump

The tree closest to the road becomes the default dumping ground for rubbish from the rest of the site. A convenient and easy to spot landmark.

Tree as Dump
Tree as Dump

Materials: Tree
Location: Tachikawa, Tokyo

Bicycle Basket Rubbish Bin

Bicycle basket as rubbish bin for vending machine and convenience store bought drinks.

Bicycle Basket Rubbish Bin

Materials: Bicycle Basket
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Potplant Stand, Inorganic Rubbish Dump

Unneeded refrigerator covered in plastic sheeting and secured with duct tape acts as potplant stand at the back of a building in Sendagaya, Tokyo.

Materials: Plastic Sheet, Duct Tape
Location: Sendagaya, Tokyo

Tethered Rubbish Receptacle

Receptacle for empty cans is tethered to the vending machine with wire threaded through the base of the receptacle and tied to the machine.
Materials: Wire
Location: Harajuku, Tokyo

Rubbish Day Hook in Wire

Hanging wire hook for putting out the rubbish for collection. Attached to the wall with bent wire hooked over the top of the wall (see another example here), threat of swinging constrained by threading the wire through a fastener made of a small wood block glued to the wall. Hook for holding the rubbish bag made of bent wire.
Materials: Wire, Wood
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Cigarette Butt Disposal Unit

Cigarette butt disposal unit constructed from used oil can, wire, wood, tape, and PET bottle. An open-bottomed (to prevent rainwater collecting in the bottom) receptacle is fashioned from a used oil can nailed/screwed to a wooden stake and painted red. The receptacle is attached to the signpost with duct tape or wire. A PET bottle filled with water is placed inside the receptacle for safe and semi-odorless cigarette butt disposal. To empty the disposal units (3 in the immediate vicinity) one has only to walk around, pick up the PET bottles, and pour the contents into the rubbish (or down the drain, or wherever…). Signage is made of laminated computer print-out.
Materials: Oil Can, Wire, Wood, Tape, PET bottle
Location: Nakano-Ku, Tokyo

Community Cleaning Implement Storage in Hooks and Wire

Wire and hooks along the entrance fence to a pocket park in Nakano, Tokyo act as storage for community-use gardening/cleaning implements.
Materials: Hooks, Wire
Location: Nakano-ku, Tokyo

Supplementary Rubbish Receptacle in Bicycle Basket

Old bicycle basket wired on to park fence acts as a supplementary rubbish receptacle.
Materials: Wire
Location: Nakano-ku, Tokyo

Rubbish Bin Protection in Plastic Grill Tray

A plastic grill tray halved and then fastened together with plastic twist ties (presumably) acts as a guard against rubbish hungry crows in a park in Nakano, Tokyo. When a local in the park was questioned about this, she replied “I don’t know, people around here make stuff and leave it here….” – Thanks to Jared Braiterman from Tokyo Green Space for pointing this out as we left the park.
Materials: Twist Ties, Plastic Grill Tray
Location: Nakano-ku, Tokyo

Cigarette Diposal Unit in Can, Wire and Hook

A common sight in Japan, a can attached to a fence with a hook and wire for cigarette disposal.
Materials: Wire, Hook, Can
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]