for Cities Week 2021

An exhibition of actionable ideas for cities

for Cities Week 2021 is more than an exhibition ā€” it is a festival that takes place in two Japanese cities: Tokyo and Kyoto, with the possibility to expand even more into the rapidly changing urban landscape across Asia in the upcoming years. It includes exhibitions, workshops, events, performances, pop-up shops, meetups, lectures, and short term projects over the course of one week per location to connect members of the for Cities network and discover new talent to take collective action.

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Statement šŸ“£

We believe that a city could be a work of art ā€” a place that we can make and change with our own hands, a place where we donā€™t merely dwell. The French philosopher Henri Lefebvre once claimed the right to be part of the city as an ā€œoeuvreā€, i.e. the right to belong to, and to co-produce, urban spaces. This is the thing that we believe gives life to our everyday urban lives, and that creates personalities and stories in cities to make them worth living in. This is an opportunity where ideas that have been submitted to the for Cities platform will be presented to the general public, as well as for local urbanists to meet each other and find future collaborators.

General InfošŸ“

[ Tokyo ] 2021 / 10 / 23ļ¼ˆSatļ¼‰- 10 / 31ę—„ļ¼ˆSunļ¼‰
[ Kyoto ] 2021 / 11 / 7ļ¼ˆSunļ¼‰- 11 / 14ļ¼ˆSunļ¼‰

Venue:
[ Tokyo ] Nishiike Valleyļ¼ˆ5 Chome-12-3 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0021ļ¼‰
[ Kyoto ] Bridge Toļ¼ˆ28-3 Jōdoji Banbachō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, 606-8412ļ¼‰

Opening Hours:
[ Tokyo ] 11:00 - 19:00 ļ¼ˆThe last day and the 28 will be until 17:00ļ¼‰
[ Kyoto ] 10:00 - 18:00ļ¼ˆThe last day will be until 16:00ļ¼‰

Ticketļ¼š
ļæ„1,500

[ Tokyo ] Get a ticket
[ Kyoto ] Get a ticket
ā€» For the pandemic measures, please book a ticket in advance

Presented by: for Cities
Exhibition Design: No Architects
Graphic Designļ¼šTakeshi Kawano, Neko Takao
Grant : The Japan Foundation Asia Center Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange

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Program - Tokyo ā°

10꜈23ę—„ (Sat)
Exhibition
11:00ā€“19:00
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Workshop: BECAK Test Ride
14:00ā€“15:00
Workshop: Sewing Donation
12:00ā€“18:00
Opening Talk
17:00ā€“19:00
10꜈24ę—„ (Sun)
Exhibition
11:00ā€“19:00
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Urbanist Talk
13:00ā€“14:00
Workshop: BECAK Test Ride
14:00ā€“15:00
Workshop: City Exercise
13:00ā€“14:00
Workshop: City Exercise
15:00ā€“16:00
Workshop: Sewing Donation
12:00ā€“18:00
Urbanist Talk
18:00ā€“19:00
10꜈25ę—„ (Mon)
Exhibition
11:00ā€“19:00
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Urbanist Talk
18:00ā€“19:00
Tour: Ugly Building Tour
18:00ā€“19:00
10꜈26ę—„ (Tue)
Exhibition
11:00ā€“19:00
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Urbanist Talk
18:00ā€“19:00
10꜈27ę—„ (Wed)
Exhibition
11:00ā€“19:00
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Urbanist Talk
18:00ā€“19:00
10꜈28ę—„ (Thu)
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Exhibition
11:00ā€“17:00
10꜈29ę—„ (Fri)
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Exhibition
11:00ā€“19:00
10꜈30ę—„ (Sat)
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Urbanist Talk
13:00ā€“14:00
Workshop: BECAK Test Ride
14:00ā€“15:00
Urbanist Talk
18:00ā€“19:00
Tour: Ugly Building Tour
18:00ā€“19:00
Exhibition
11:00ā€“19:00
10꜈31ę—„ (Sun)
Workshop: Nishiike Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Urbanist Talk
13:00ā€“14:00
Workshop: Test Ride
14:00ā€“15:00
Closing Talk
16:00ā€“19:00
Exhibition
11:00ā€“17:00

Exhibition

Neo Ergonomic Culture by Studio PLiZ

Studio PLiZ challenges the ultra-comfortability of human lifestyle by the introduction of non-ergonomic elements into existing infrastructures. By making the human body uncomfortable in certain areas, they aim to induce semi-sport activities and exercises in everyday life of individuals.

Small Spaces of Anarchy: Some basic research archives by Chris Berthelsen

Small places of anarchy are zones of human(e)-scale action, attachment and care. They can1) Replace state control of an aspect of city life. 2) Exist outside majority rule. 3) Promote unimposed order as a style of working. How beautiful and delicious all our flavours are!

Oggetti Socievoli (Sociable Objects) by Prisca Arosio, Melita Studio

During these months of lockdown, between the harsh months of March to July, the Oggetti Socievoli (Sociable Objects) project started to investigates discovered, rediscovered and reinterpreted home-objects during the social isolation experience. Oggetti Socievoli project ought to build a community and share lockdown experiences by asking people to send a photo with a short text of their home-object. With this initiative, we've only hoped to lift peopleā€™s spirits so they could take their minds off the pandemic and hope for a change of prospective. Oggetti Socievoli received 100 submissions of home-objects from more than 15 countries! Parallel to that, in the same time frame, the project explored and gave attention to a few artisanal production processes of handmade objects.

NIPPASHIā€™S TOKYO PAVILION by Yoshimitsu Nippashi

A series of illustrations by an illustrator based in Berlin, with a theme of a new relationship between the old and the new. His artworks sparks laughter, yet always have a connection with realities through a humorous perspective.

A whole generation: development while you have to stay at home by Rik Stabel

In the times of lockdown, you were creatively challenged to continue to develop yourself culturally. This series of illustrations by Rik Stabel is an ode to everyone who tried to make the most of it, depicting three cities, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Amsterdam.

Nikawa - Soft Structure by Nikawa Lab

Soft Structure is made by impregnating textile products with glue dissolved in water. It can move between the soft state of the fiber and the hardened state. In addition to the performance of these material properties, we will install it as an architectural element in the exhibition.

RECIPE for Urban Play by REPIPE

Workshop

Nishiike Cleanup by 530 week

Guided by a team 530 week, we'll do a series of cleaning exercises in the neighborhood of Ikebukuro. Through a collective clean up, the aim is to start building more intimate relationship with the city.

Sewing Donation by Sakura Sanchome

Sakura Sanchome makes clothes while wearing clothes. They make clothes tha are yet to be know, and make clothes with the already existing materials, as well as fixing clothes to make them last longer. In this workshop, they ask you for a 'sawing donation', where a participant donate one stich to Sakura Sanchome to co-create a curtain for the exhibition venue.

From a scene to your rooftop by RF Records

This is a workshop where you bring white cloth and clothes, dye them with lemons from Setouchi, and dry them on the rooftop of Tokyo. A group of lemon-colored lemons will appear in the everyday scenery of the rooftops, giving you the experience of superimposing the scenery of your current location and the scenery of a different location.

City Exercise by X TRAIN

šŸ‘‰ Book a ticketļ¼š24(SUN.) 13:00-14:00 / 15:00-16:00
Parkour team X TRAIN will demostrate you to play with the obejcts made by Studio PLiZ. We'll learn how to play with the ciy with various body movements.

Ugly Building Tour

šŸ‘‰ Reserve your spot here
šŸ“ Meeting point: Nishiike Valley CHANOMA
This city walk takes you to the "ugly" side of the city and encourages you to share what you don't like and consider as "ugly" in Ikebukuro. The mission here is not to negatively criticize someone specific - rather, to recognize WHY we think that way, to discover what we cherish the most in our urban landscape. You can also learn from others who might have completely different opinions from you.

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Program - Kyoto ā°

11꜈7ę—„ (Sun)
Exhibition
10:00ā€“18:00
Workshop: Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
A private showing
11:00ā€“12:00
Workshop: Repair CafƩ
12:00ā€“16:00
Opening Talk
17:00ā€“19:00
11꜈8ę—„ (Mon)
Exhibition
10:00ā€“18:00
Workshop:
9:00ā€“10:00
Workshop: Repair CafƩ
12:00ā€“16:00
Urbanist Talk
16:00ā€“17:00
11꜈9ę—„ (Tue)
Exhibition
10:00ā€“18:00
Workshop: Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Workshop: Repair CafƩ
12:00ā€“16:00
Urbanist Talk
16:00ā€“17:00
11꜈10ę—„ (Wed)
Exhibition
10:00ā€“18:00
Workshop: Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Workshop: Repair CafƩ
12:00ā€“16:00
Urbanist Talk
16:00ā€“17:00
11꜈11ę—„ (Thu)
Exhibition
10:00ā€“18:00
Workshop: Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Workshop: Repair CafƩ
12:00ā€“16:00
Urbanist Talk
16:00ā€“17:00
11꜈12ę—„ (Fri)
Exhibition
10:00ā€“18:00
Workshop: Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Workshop
10:00ā€“12:00
Workshop: Repair CafƩ
12:00ā€“16:00
Urbanist Talk
16:00ā€“17:00
11꜈13ę—„ (Sat)
Exhibition
10:00ā€“18:00
Workshop: Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Workshop
10:00ā€“12:00
Workshop: Repair CafƩ
12:00ā€“16:00
Urbanist Talk
16:00ā€“17:00
11꜈14ę—„ (Sun)
Exhibition
10:00ā€“16:00
Cleanup
9:00ā€“10:00
Workshop
10:00ā€“12:00
Workshop: Repair CafƩ
12:00ā€“16:00
Closing Party
16:00ā€“19:00

Exhibition

Invisible in Visible by Carlos Soler

The current pandemic have seen changes in our Social and Urban context through social distancing. The idea will explore the body and its relationship with our surrounding by giving the space- in-between a physical form through inflating balloons between spaces around the Urban context of Kyoto. Within these spaces, there is tension, pressure, contraction, inflation and invisible forces which creates this connection. These inflatable objects will temporarly interupt and reveal these connections as the body moves around our fragile our environment and relationship each other.

Clothing self-sufficiency by Jun Yamaguchi

Cities are made by people who live there, through living. This is what "a city as a work of art" means. Jun Yamaguchi focues on humble, everyday works of art, including domestic chores such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the elderly, that are often unseen and forgotton. Repairs and making clothes on your own, as well, used to be part of 'housework'. In this exhibition, he proposes 'convivial' housework as a means to be away from the heavy dependency on the capitalistic market, and to bring what has been considered private labor into the scale of cities and public life.

MAINTENANCE CLUB by MAINTENANCE CLUB

If you look closely, you will notice many things here and there in the city that have disappeared, with corners chipped, cracked, or faded. I will try to fill in these countless gaps, which no one cares about, in various ways.

Small Spaces of Anarchy: Some basic research archives by Chris Berthelsen

Small places of anarchy are zones of human(e)-scale action, attachment and care. They can1) Replace state control of an aspect of city life. 2) Exist outside majority rule. 3) Promote unimposed order as a style of working. How beautiful and delicious all our flavours are!

Oggetti Socievoli (Sociable Objects) by Prisca Arosio, Melita Studio

During these months of lockdown, between the harsh months of March to July, the Oggetti Socievoli (Sociable Objects) project started to investigates discovered, rediscovered and reinterpreted home-objects during the social isolation experience. Oggetti Socievoli project ought to build a community and share lockdown experiences by asking people to send a photo with a short text of their home-object. With this initiative, we've only hoped to lift peopleā€™s spirits so they could take their minds off the pandemic and hope for a change of prospective. Oggetti Socievoli received 100 submissions of home-objects from more than 15 countries! Parallel to that, in the same time frame, the project explored and gave attention to a few artisanal production processes of handmade objects.

NIPPASHIā€™S TOKYO PAVILION by Yoshimitsu Nippashi

A series of illustrations by an illustrator based in Berlin, with a theme of a new relationship between the old and the new. His artworks sparks laughter, yet always have a connection with realities through a humorous perspective.

A whole generation: development while you have to stay at home by Rik Stabel

In the times of lockdown, you were creatively challenged to continue to develop yourself culturally. This series of illustrations by Rik Stabel is an ode to everyone who tried to make the most of it, depicting three cities, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Amsterdam.

Nikawa - Soft Structure by Nikawa Lab

Soft Structure is made by impregnating textile products with glue dissolved in water. It can move between the soft state of the fiber and the hardened state. In addition to the performance of these material properties, we will install it as an architectural element in the exhibition.

Workshop

Repair CafƩ by Jun Yamaguchi

šŸ‘‰ 7th (Sun) 9th (Tue) 14th (Sun) 12:00怜16:00 Reservation not required
šŸ“ Location: Hohoho-za garage (71 Jodoji Banbacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8412)
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! for Cities, in collaboration with a maker Jun Yamaguchi, is organizing the first Repair CafƩ in Kyoto. Jun, as a repair expert, will be available to help make all possible repairs. People visiting the Repair CafƩ will bring along their broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery... anything that is broken is welcome.

ExhibitorsšŸ‘«

Studio PLiZ

Studio PLiZ is made up of designers from different regions and cultures. We are a team which is willing to participate and try different design methods. By using our experience from different design environments, we aim to design architecture and urban environment with our multi-culture background and international views.

Eugene Soler

Eugene Soler is an Australian Architect and installation artist based in Nara Japan. His installation work is site specific and touches on lost or forgotten feelings and deep dormant memories. He often uses subtleties in nature as a material like the soft warmth of sunlight in the morning or the subtle voice of wind to create spatial experiences.He was the recipient of Kyoto Power of Culture 2019 installation art for the 2000 Tokyo Olympics and judge by Tadao Ando with Kyoto art Centre. The project involved 50,000 bamboo reeds (ashi) to create a temporary public space. His various architecture and installation work have been built and exhibited in the UK, Australia, Japan and the Philippines.

Chris Berthelsen

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Chris explores environments for creative activity, resident-led modification of the lived environment, and alternative education(s). He runs multi-layered public projects throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Japan which experiment with public/private space, Making Friends, trust and hope, and making-do with resources at hand. He is a co-founder of Activities and Research in Environments for Creativity Trust and Tanushimaru Institute for Art Research (Fukuoka, Japan), and was Deputy-Chairperson of the Mairangi Arts Centre Trust (2017-2021). Watch a short interview with Chris about ā€œMaking Friends with Junkā€ here.

Ralph C. Lumbres

Ralph C. Lumbres is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. He creates socially-engaged and participatory projects integrating art and design with citizen science and community development. His works transect disciplines and form, from visual arts (sculpture, video & installation), design, performance, and community-engaged projects.

Playfool

Playfool is a Tokyo-based design studio formed by Daniel and Saki Coppen, graduates from the Royal College of Art. Applying their background in design and engineering, they produce products and experiences that embrace core themes of creativity, imagination and play.

Yoshimitsu Nippashi

An illustrator based in Berlin and Tokyo who loves architecture and dogs.

Rik Stabel

Rik Stabel is an all-round graphic designer / freelance illustrator with a soft spot for skateboarding, creative culture, japanese food, pizza, movement and hidden treasures of a city.

Nikawa

The team is exploring new relationships between space and humans, By conducting experiments to handle elements and materials on an architectural scale that were not originally treated spatially.

REPIPE

REPIPE is a design collective based in Tokyo, Japan. Architects, designers, programmers and artists collaborate to create new urban playgrounds by combining materials, spaces, and people available in the cities. Through the temporal intervention to the local voids, which focus on physical experience and creative interaction, we put a spotlight on the urban possibilities.

RF Records

We are a rooftop content label with the theme of "Wellness for City Dwellers". By going up to the rooftop, which is commonly recognized in everyday life but not having much opportunity to enter, and approaching from rooftop architecture, real estate, and music, you can live better in the city through an extended experience of everyday life. I am aiming to put things into practice.Through the project, we are disseminating how to grasp the individuality of the rooftop, how to experience it, and rule making.

MAINTENANCE CLUB

We consider maintenance as an exercise to intervene in the city or as the first step to feel the city as one's own, and try to maintain various things in the city using the techniques we have developed in our daily lives. The members are indefinite, and the club meets irregularly.

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AccessšŸš²

Nishiike Valley , Tokyo (23th - 31th October 2021)

Nishiike Valley has opened in April 2021 in western Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Within its 3000掔 property, it includes Japanese tradiional style house, co-working space, shared kitchen, plaza, farm, restaurants, and private roads, and rooftop.

Address: 5 Chome-12-3 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0021
HP (JP): https://nishiikevalley.jp/

Bridge To, Kyoto (7th - 14th November)

Bridge to Kyoto is a residence for urbanists as well as an event, workshop, and gallery space. Anyone who considers themselves part of the phenomenon of ā€œthe city" is welcome to stay and use the space.

Address: 28-3 Jōdoji Banbachō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, 606-8412
HP (EN / JP): https://www.brdg.to/

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GrantšŸ¤

The Japan Foundation Asia Center Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange