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

Curbside Chili Garden

Curbside dead space transformed into edible space. Tomatoes, goya, cucumber, and eggplant are standard members in Tokyo pavement vegetable gardening but this is the first time I have seen a small bush of hot chilies on an appropriated sidewalk plot.

As opposed to most other pavement gardening this bush is planted directly into the soil between the footpath and the road, and space is demarcated by a large-ish flowering bush on the sidewalk side and a white picket fence on the driveway entrance side.

A high level of public trust is necessary for people to feel they can grow precious and delicious plants in the open – “A city that’s safe for vegetables and plants is one that also welcomes people” (Ref).

Curbside Chili Garden
Curbside Chili Garden
Curbside Chili Garden
Curbside Chili Garden
Curbside Chili Garden

Materials: Demarcating Bush, Plastic Picket Fence
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

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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]