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June 01, 2006

Urban Typhoon Workshop in Shimokitazawa


To Produce Alternatives

[Posted by Yukihiko YOSHIDA] We invite creative spirits from Japan and abroad to brainstorm on the present and future of Shimokitazawa, at a time when the government is planning a 26 meter-wide road cutting through its culturally vibrant streets. The Urban Typhoon Workshop--Tokyo, June 26-29, 2006--is a global experiment in participatory design, and includes architecture & design studios, art installations, political cafe, oral history, graphic communication, video, etc.

The objective is to produce alternatives to the government's plan as well as a multimedia testimony to the unique spirit of Shimokitazawa. The workshop itself is a joyous and participatory takeover of the city. Registration deadline: May 31, 2006; Registration fee: 10,000 yen (payable upon arrival at workshop); info[at]urbantyphoon.com

* Urban Typhoon welcomes registration from students, architects, urbanists, artists, designers, media & communication specialists, social scientists, activists, creative people, dreamers, and idealists of all kinds. The number of registrants is limited. Each unit has a small number of participants.

* There are a limited number of homestays available to foreign students, free of charge.

* All workshops will be conducted in English and Japanese.

Workshop units:

* a|Um Studio / New York, Carla Leitao
* Koba. Arch. Lab. / Tokyo, Masami Kobayashi
* CAt /Tokyo, Kazuhiro Kojima & Kazuko Akamatsu
* Save the Shimokitazawa / Tokyo, Kazuho Kimura & Kenzo Kaneko
* Art Harbour / Tokyo, Lehan Ramsay & friends
* Yehuda Safran / Paris, New York
* Studio SUMO / New York, Yolande Daniels & Sunil Bald
* Supersudaca / Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Pablo Corvalan, Felix Madrazo, Manuel de Rivero
* Shimokita Oral History / Tokyo, Taro Taguchi
* Team Un-simultaneous / Tokyo, Hidenori Watanabe
* Alto Majo / Tokyo, Alejandro (Alex) Jaimes, Tomo Takeda, Matias Echanove, Joanne Jakovich

Partners: The University of Tokyo, Meiji University, Cultural Typhoon, Future University-Hakodate, Yoshimi Lab, Save the ShimoKitazawa, Shimokitazawa Forum, Archi-media, coelacanth and associates inc., sumo, a|Um Studio, supersudaca, Misatikoh, sakura mapping project, urbanology.

Posted by jo at June 1, 2006 11:25 AM