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    In the city, the making and remaking of selves ... is one of its principal functions ... each urban period provides a multitude of new roles and … Read More
    In the city, the making and remaking of selves ... is one of its principal functions ... each urban period provides a multitude of new roles and an equal diversity of new potentialities. These bring about corresponding chnages in laws, manners, moral evaluations, costume, and architecture, and finally they transform the city as a living whole. (Mumford 1996: 116) This is a small part of a research & development project to do with understanding a new topography of our cities. In this book, exercises and studies are undertaken in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan. This work builds on earlier city space/architectural research projects carried out in other cities. The intention is to publish each country or set of exercises separately, as the project moves toward a cohesive outcome. Read Less
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In Tokyo, what I found most intriguing is the multiplicity of life and space, nothing has a singular purpose or simple translation. I asked three locals to walk me around their city and label different spaces, as they understood them. 
cafe
art gallery
garden
playground
waiting room
bedroom
storage facility
office
playground
gym
playground
market place
waiting room
bedroom
office
kitchen