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

Playing Camp in Beer Crate and Rocks

Children play camp – an upturned beer crate rocks, concrete and plants form a roaring campfire.
Playing Camp in Beer Crate and Rocks
Playing Camp in Beer Crate and Rocks
Playing Camp in Beer Crate and Rocks

Materials: Beer Crate, Rocks, Concrete, Plants
Location: Tachikawa, Tokyo

Poo Security

My wife is the poo expert in our house. She is the self-declared ウンチ・ファインダー(Poo Finder). This does not mean that she appreciates it in any way shape or form… imagine her horror to find errant and especially smelly poo in our apartment carpark – a rare and shocking occurence in a city where plastic poo bags are king, and apartment dwellers wipe their pooches bums after every ablution. toilet stop…. It is also very inconvenient as it takes up two bicycle parking spaces in our cramped residential grounds.

This rock construction (made specifically out of white stones for good night visibility) is her attempt at poss-safety (as it was beyond her powers to get close enough to dispose of the offending material).

Look closely at the last photo – I think that these are the offenders. As I was taking these photos they turned the corner, possibily to give us a second bombing… not sure what they have against us, probably our screaming children and wayward terrorist-looking man-about-the-house.

Thanks to Ayu Berthelsen for this great insight into housewife FIXing techniques.

Materials: Rocks
Location: Akishima-shi, Tokyo

Curbside Garden Space in Concrete and Rocks

Garden space is created on the curb in front of a residential wall on a narrow street. The owner of the property did not want to encroach on the already scarce road space so she constructed a planter from rocks and concrete right on top of the curb. The limited volume of the created space necessitated hardy succulents (the owner noted that she had tried to grow other flowers but they didn’t work out). She was so confident of their hardiness that she picked a few off and offered them to me to take home. Fantastic!
When quizzed about the origins of the design, she confessed that she hadn’t seen the idea anywhere else – it just ‘popped’ into her head as a suitable solution.

Materials: Concrete, Rocks
Location: Akishima, Tokyo

Waterproofing in Plastic Sheet and Rocks

Leaky outdoor storage compartment waterproofed with plastic sheet and rocks.
Materials: Plastic Sheet, Rocks
Location: Mitaka, 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]