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

Postal Signalling in Tape

“Apartment number 303 is currently vacant, and as a result the building owners have placed green tape over the letterbox to prevent it from filling up with advertising mail. Whenever an apartment is vacant they always tape up the letterbox with green tape.

It appears the occupants of apartment 202 have gone on an extended holiday or business trip and will be leaving the apartment vacant long enough for surplus advertising mail to become a problem. Therefore they, or the building owners, have placed white tape over the letterbox.

If the occupants taped up the letterbox themselves I think to myself “Creative thinking 202″. If the building owners did this then I wonder “Is the different color tape significant, or is it just what they had on hand on the day they taped up the box?, Does green mean vacant and white mean temporarily unoccupied? If so doesn’t this signal to potential burglars that 202 is where the goodies are?”.

This mystery remains unsolved.” – courtesy of Byron Kidd – Thanks again Byron!

Postal Signalling in Tape

Materials: Duct Tape

Category: Signage/Signalling


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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.

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