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

Mobile Umbrella Cooling System

Lady at the crossing pumps her sun umbrella vigorously in front of her, creating a powerful cooling breeze while waiting for the lights to change.

Materials: Umbrella
Location: Shibuya, Tokyo

Morning Plug-in Fix

The temporary stalls in Shinjuku Station are powered by overhead sockets, necessitating umbrella storage on-site for the morning plug-in.

Morning Plug-in Fix
Morning Plug-in Fix
Morning Plug-in Fix
Morning Plug-in Fix
Morning Plug-in Fix
Morning Plug-in Fix

Materials: Umbrella
Location: Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

Sunflowers vs. Wind via Joseph Tame

[Thanks to Joseph Tame, Tokyo-based freelance marketing manager, new media producer, entrepreneur, performer and marathoner for this garden fix originally posted on his microblog]

“With the onset of string winds, I replace *Twinkle’s* ex-jewellery stand with this ex-umbrella, carefully dismembered with my favourite pair of pliers.” (Joseph adds – “I did actually ask my wife before I took her jewellery stand to use as a stake to hold the sunflowers up.”)

Joseph Tame: Sunflowers vs. Wind

Materials: Umbrella, Plastic Twine
Location: Meguro, Tokyo

Tomato Shade in Umbrellas

A row of tomato vines protected from the harsh Tokyo summer with a whole lot of umbrellas.

Japan’s annual umbrella consumption is estimated to be around 130 million (more than one per person, per year) [ref] (324,102 were lost and turned over to the police lost-and-found in Tokyo, 2001 [ref]). Now you know where part of that ends up….
Shade for Tomatoes
Shade for Tomatoes
Shade for Tomatoes

Materials: Umbrellas
Location: Tachikawa, Tokyo

Garden Protection in Umbrellas

Umbrellas attached to wooden stakes with wire protect newly planted shrubs in an informal garden along the Tamagawa cycling track in western Tokyo.
Materials: Wire, Wooden Stakes, Umbrellas
Location: Fussa, 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]