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Lecture on Futakotamagawa

2011.08.03

There is a big project going on at the western district of Futakotamagawa to build a city for the 21st century. Creative City Consortium (C・C・C,) which has participated in this urban development project, has invited me to talk to. C・C・C is a consortium that has Mr. Hiroshi Komiyama, former president of Tokyo University, as chairman, focuses on creative industries and seeks a new urban development. One of the member, Tatsuya Hiraga called up me, and both of us had a speech about “a possibility of ecomusee on biodiversity –a sense of place by landscape design-“ as a title on August 3 (Wednesday,) and then we had a conversation.

Mr. Hiraga, in his lecture, suggested that how life in Japan would be carried on by experiencing such a earthquake, and be developed by the sense of the place telling stories, with its own history and geological features back to the Jomon Period in Japan.

I talked about basic thoughts, with limited information in the middle of designing, to let as much as people understand a concept of the garden, which would be constructed within the project for future Futakotamagawa in 21st century.

First of all, Japanese garden we liked to express was not to reproduce the existing traditional style, but the natural characteristics (Tama River, Kokubunji Cliff Line, and Mt. Fuji) and layered history of this Futakotamagawa to create the space where weaves the past and the future. Local people had concerns about project since there was not so much information was available, but they had relieved once they recognized planned Japanese garden was not just atheistically superior but planned it indigenously sound.

Latter on the speech, showing on slides about “Aesthetic Consciousness, Education, Awareness, and Participation” as keywords for general Japanese gardens, people were especially interested in “Awareness.” By practicing careful spatial experiences, features in Japanese gardens like Tobiishi (a stepping stone) or Sekimoriishi (a halting stone) would be understood for what it means, and would lead what to do in next. In current Japanese situation, this “”awareness” has been disappearing in living spaces. Common sense that let it recognized is the culture as well as the behavioral patterns, and I wrapped my speech up with the mentioning that people ought to experience the stacked culture for thousands of years once more through this Japanese garden.


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