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

Swallow Dropping Guards

Swallows build nests to raise their young in the nooks and crannies of structures all over Tokyo. Instead of destroying the nests in retaliation for copious droppings that result, accommodating caretakers of residential and commercial buildings lay out mats of cardboard (when close to the ground) or build ‘dropping catchers’ by fixing wooden boards to steel H-beams with vices (for larger commercial structures). I’m impressed with these gentle constructions and savour the human/non-human relationships that slowly grow as we experience the process from egg, to chick, to flight.

Materials: Wood, Cardboard, Vice
Location: All over Tokyo

Cut Out Laminated Signage

Laminated A2 signage with a backing of cardboard box displays six levels of information on the alley/service gate to the main building. Another layer of MS Office default text added to the already cramped Shibuya street.

The (off center) cut-out for the door handle maintains the practical use of the gate while rendering the QR code unreadable.

Cut Out Laminated Signage
Cut Out Laminated Signage
Cut Out Laminated Signage
Cut Out Laminated Signage

Cardboard Box, Laminated Paper
Location: Shibuya, Tokyo

“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

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]