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

Most Effective Route

With the completion of a new rotary/taxi stand the route straight out of the station, to the convenience store and up the main street was cut off – necessitating a 2-3 minute detour around the side. For the time scarce suburban commuter this is not obviously not acceptable.

The state of the shrubbery is evidence of the foot-made solution – two well worn paths between the bushes leading in a straight line from the bottom of the stairs to the convenience store. Rule-abiding minds have attempted to discourage this use by placing traffic cones in the way, but to no avail…..

Most Effective Route
Most Effective Route
Most Effective Route

Location: Akishima-shi, Tokyo

Category: Community Use, Movement


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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]