I'm delighted to be included in Volume 2 of Enabling City, a publication that highlights projects and people that enhance creative community resilience.
I also contributed several examples from Japan to the book.
View and download the book HERE.
The first iOS app for Mammoth School, a part of respected independent Tokyo-based publisher Knee High Media Japan.
I searched for and secured the collaboration of a highly talented iOS developer, and stayed with the small development team (company founder, developer, me) through to the completion of the app.
Download from the app store HERE (in Japanese)
I was asked to contribute to the In Context section of MAS Context, a quarterly journal created by MAS Studio, that addresses issues that affect the urban context.
My piece sketches "through previous editions to divine points of meaning. Trying to grasp what more lucid minds behold"… READ IT HERE
"Yuk Hui urges us to be archivists instead of users, and reminds us that care, preserving and giving, need to be key aspects of our archive culture. We agree, and further promote Dumpster Diving in our everincreasing flotsam archives and hardware trash in the pursuit of small dataspaces of anarchy that offer real human(e) agency… [Continue Reading]"
A draft text, part of the SexuAiling Tokyo multi-part study of the sensual aspects of Tokyo as an aging and shrinking mega-region.
|UPDATE:The S.C.R.O.T.U.M. intervention "Making Friends" has been accepted to the Artifacts section of EPIC 2013 London - "EPIC is the premier international gathering on the current and future practice of ethnography in the business world."
Our artifact is a storyboard that documents a research interaction and illustrates human evolution in approaching the unexpected in shared public spaces.
Making Friends was a true, inter-species encounter in the Tokyo Metro. Click to enlarge image.
Contribution to the Farming the City book, produced and edited by CITIES.
"..[A] great piece of analysis with a wonderful take on the role and potential of fruit in the urban metabolism" say the editors.
> Photos and details HERE
A project looking at parks in a western Tokyo suburb.
Log of submissions HERE
にわとりはとても気持ちの良い研究「相手」 / 「対象物」です！
View on Slideshare こちらへ
Chickens are delightful research partners / subjects!
Let's take a look at a 10 minute research project!
Download (PDF, 1.5MB) HERE
View on Slideshare HERE
|"Understanding fruit layers can help make urban life more social, resilient and delicious" - A short text we prepared for the LIMNO Collabora on stratification, nature, and landscapes.
Download the PDF (15MB)HERE
"Welcoming real and mythical urban animals expands ideas of adaptability past spatial, structural and service strategies that focus on the physical artefact, showing a way for considering how microspaces, pleasures, pranks and human/non-human relationships can inform thinking about urban environments design."
> Read the full article on This Big City
> "Tokyo Tanuki: Apprendre par l’observation des animaux mythiques urbains" en francais
> "El Tanuki de Tokio: aprendiendo de un animal urbano, un mito y una realidad." en Espagnol
|Urban experiments for the Studio for Creative Revitalization Of Tanuki Urban Manifestations (S.C.R.O.T.U.M.)
> Check Tokyo Green Space for recent inter-species interventions HERE > Project Page = Studio.C.R.O.T.U.M.
|The Studio for Creative Revitalization Of Tanuki Urban Manifestations works with the Tanuki - a member of the canine family that resembles a raccoon (commonly known as raccoon dog in English). In addition to being a real animal that resides in the nooks and crannies of Tokyo alleyways and shrines it is also a pleasure-seeking and massively testicled mythical figure central to Japanese folklore and popular culture.
A collaboration with Jared Braiterman and Jess Mantell.
Work, sketches and resources are on the Studio.C.R.O.T.U.M. Page
|The Japanese language version of a text we prepared for the LIMNO Collabora on stratification, nature, and landscapes. To be published soon.
|A small story and images about fruit in Tokyo.
Delectable codescapes; DRM-infused code candies;
Industrial juices and code snippets; A city of dog turds and plastic bags.....
Rich, dark soils in rotting tatami mats....
Teletechnologies of generalised taste VS Resilient and distributed asynchronous economies of mutual reciprocity.
Read it at Tokyo DIY Gardening.org
|"......These safe and slow pathways are perfect for tiny feet and their larger commute-weary companions. Dense greens and colourful scented collages reside at the height and scale of little eyes and noses. Irrepressible hands thrive on the mixture of gravel, sand, grass, rocks, sticks and fallen fruit that compose Tokyo carpets. In summer developing ears drink in crickets, cicadas and neighbourhood rustlings...."
A small study on the child's perception of the street.
This document traces the everyday treasures of a rainy day walk to the local sento in suburban Tokyo. It is part of a broader and slightly wonky research and practice agenda on the hand made, everyday creativity, play, and usable environments.
Extracts, Full Download, etc [HERE]
|Produced in collaboration with Mammoth School and Knee High Media for the fourth issue of the Mammoth School free paper, "Dots and Nets" builds on the traditional dots and squares game to introduce creatures of the sea. Illustrated by Mika Inohara.
Details and video [HERE]
|Notes from a collaborative + open research project investigating, enjoying, and learning from the self-initiated and non-commercial play of children in Tokyo.
|A public project looking at non-commercial fruit in Tokyo private gardens and public spaces. We hope to learn about what is being grown, where, and how it is being enjoyed and shared - the simple, everyday tastes, stories and memories of fruit in Tokyo.
> A collaboration with Jared Braiterman and Jess Mantell.
> We presented this project at the Pechakucha Global Cities Week (Tokyo) on Feb 23 [HERE]
- and you can view the UStream [HERE]
> Parts of this project will be published in ALL YOU CAN EAT! - a book about using food as a tool for urban development - [HERE] (when they find a publisher).
View the PROJECT PAGE
|New post on This Big City [HERE]|
|Turning an unusable and unfriendly suburban jungle/rubbish dump into a usable space for children, plants and parents.
> View progress [on Flickr]
|> HAPPY DUTCH WORKSHOP x WA WA PROJECT: Dutch house making workshop / Dutch tulips & coloring journal in collaboration with Tanemaki Project [HERE].
> TULIP JOURNAL in collaboration with Tanemaki Project [HERE].
Both of these in collaboration with the great Hiyoko Imai and Jared Braiterman
|Notes and a few projects for a guest lecture at Dr. Christian Dimmer's Public/Private Seminar, Waseda University (Nov. 16, 2011)
Download/Viewing Options [HERE]
|This ongoing study reviews the Japanese business and management literature to uncover the principles, strategies and circumstances at the heart of the creative successes of Japanese companies.
NEW: Page Samples and Exercises from forthcoming book [LINK]
Project Resource[LINK to Project Resource]
|Tokyo colour-in. The colouring-in book of Tokyo street art (180p)
A colouring-in book of Tokyo street art created to introduce little hands and minds to the fine-grained hand made aspect of human(e) creativity on the street.
Take a look at the preview [HERE]
and check the slowly growing set of activities for use with the book [HERE]
|Produced in collaboration with Mammoth School and Knee High Media for the third issue of the Mammoth School free paper, "Amidakuji" builds on a traditional Japanese game for fun and weird storytelling. Illustrated by the fantastic Hiyoko Imai.
Downloads and video [HERE]
|I'm honoured to be a guest speaker at, and have my research included in the syllabus for Mega-Cities: Design Anthropology and Urban Landscapes, a Tokyo University graduate seminar on mega-cities taught by Jared Braiterman.
My FIXES research is part of the syllabus.
|Lots of preview images of the Hand Made Tokyo document of the 3331 Arts CYD Tokyo mapping workshop we did last summer.
A5, 126 pages
Take a look at the preview [HERE]
|A scrambled, semi-off-the-cuff presentation for the Institute for Information Design Japan workshop “Transforming Neighbourhoods - Tokyo/Berlin" organised by Jan Lindenberg.
View the presentation On Slideshare
View the presentation: On Scribd
|Produced in collaboration with Mammoth School and Knee High Media for the second issue of the Mammoth School free paper, "Look-A-Round" is a board game which encourages learning about city accessibility.
View video, photos, and download [HERE]
|A resource, a toolkit, of rare images of the structures and textures of the gradually decaying city of Nagoya, Japan (735 images)
This image resource is available for purchase for commercial (no use restrictions) and non-commerical use - Click here for more details.
|The kokonohanashi (「ここの話」 lit. 'talking about here') project works locally with a combination of analogue (notebooks, pens, laminated A4 posters, wire, legwork) and open low-tech digital tools (QR codes, stripped down Wordpress, email, smart-and-not-so-smart-phones) to investigate the development of a platform for discussion about, and positive action in, city space by the people who most matter - those who experience and use the place in their everyday lives.
View the project page: [Kokonohanashi Project]
Download the project introduction: [PDF file, 5.5mb]
Download a brief project report after the first iteration: [PDF file, 3mb]
Read a nice write up of the project at Tokyo Green Space [HERE]
|A photo resource and book was made for a major Japanese clothing design/retail company (800+ photos, book, context/translation).
Take a look at a couple of photos here [LINK]