What is for Cities Week?


1 week exhibition

At the conclusion of the open call, 9 ideas were carefully selected by the for Cities team to be presented and tested at for Cities Week.

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7 workshops

In addition to the week-long exhibition, various workshops were organized to bring people together and test some of the ideas submitted to the for Cities platform.


2 cities

for Cities Week 2021 took place in two Japanese cities: Tokyo and Kyoto. Each location held a week-long series of exhibitions, workshops, events, performances, pop-up shops, meetups, lectures, and short-term projects.

Exhibited work

Neo Ergonomic Culture

by Studio PLiZ

Studio PLiZ challenges the obsession with comfort in our daily lives through the introduction of non-ergonomic elements into existing infrastructures. By making the human body uncomfortable in certain areas, they seek to encourage semi-sport activities and exercise in the everyday lives of individuals. Photo Gallery

Invisible in Visible

by Carlos Soler Eugene Architect

The current pandemic has seen changes in our social and urban context through social distancing. This installation explores the body and its relationship to our surroundings by giving urban, in-between spaces throughout Kyoto a physical form delineated by inflated balloons. These inflatable objects temporarily interrupt and reveal connections as the body navigates our environment and our relationships with each other. Photo Gallery

Small Spaces of Anarchy

by Chris Berthelsen

Small spaces of anarchy are zones of human(e)-scale action, attachment, and care. They can 1) Supplant state control in an aspect of city life, 2) Exist outside majority rule, and 3) Promote unimposed order as a style of working. For this exhibition, Chris Berthelsenā€™s previous project archives were presented as books, photographs, and videos. Photo Gallery

Oggetti Socievoli

by Melita Studio

During the harsh, socially-isolated period of lockdown between March and July 2020, the Oggetti Socievoli (Sociable Objects) project was started as a way to investigate, discover, rediscover, and reinterpret home-objects. The Oggetti Socievoli project sought to build community and share lockdown experiences by asking people to send photos of their home-object along with a short description. Photo Gallery

Nippashiā€™s Tokyo Pavilion

by Yoshimitsu Nippashi

This project is a series of illustrations based on the theme of reimagining relationships between the old and the new. Berlin-based Nippashi created six original pieces for the show - ā€œTower of old coffee shops,ā€ ā€œOut of Style Landfill,ā€ ā€œReggae Park,ā€ ā€œWaikiki Apartment Complex,ā€ ā€œRestrooms in Shibuya,ā€ and ā€œNakagin Capsule Sauna.ā€ This work proposes a series of humorous ideas for preserving old architecture and culture for the future of a city. Photo Gallery

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

by Rik Stabel

During lockdown we were creatively challenged to continue our cultural development. This series of illustrations by Rik Stabel, depicting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Amsterdam, is an ode to everyone who tried to make the most of this strange and difficult time. Photo Gallery

Nikawa - Soft Structure

by Nikawa Lab

Soft Structure is made by saturating textile products with glue dissolved in water. This process provokes a transition from the soft quality of the fiber to its hardened state. In addition to the performance of these material properties as everyday objects, the team used this installation as an opportunity to demonstrate Nikawaā€™s architectural potential. Photo Gallery

Pseudo-Maintenance of Bridges

by Maintenance Club

In this project, the Maintenance Club has conducted temporal, performative maintenance on some of the bridges of the Jodo-ji neighborhood in Kyoto. This act of maintenance is not about simply restoring the bridge to its former state; rather, it is about imagining its past and generating time in which it will continue to exist and be sustained. Photo Gallery

Workshops & Activities
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Nishiike Cleanup (530 week & for Cities)

Cleaning. This single action is a casual way to get involved in a city. Guided by a 530 week team, a series of cleaning activities was conducted in the Ikebukuro neighborhood. Photo Gallery

Sewing Donation (Sakura Sanchome)

For this workshop, the exhibitors asked for a ā€œsewing donation,ā€ whereby participants donate one stitch to Sakura Sanchome to co-create a curtain for the exhibition venue. Photo Gallery

City Exercise (X Train & for Cities)

This workshop was both a demonstration and exercise which allowed participants to experience how to physically play in the city. Under the guidance of the X Train parkour team, participants navigated playground equipment and controlled urban environments. Photo Gallery

Lost Terminal Becak Test Ride (Jun Kitazawa)

ā€œLost Terminal" is a project initiated by Jun Kitazawa, a Japanese artist living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Kitazawa works with local artisans to create various types of human-powered vehicles that pass through Indonesian streets, and installs them in Japanese town squares to create an ā€œimaginary terminalā€ of vehicles which people can ride. Photo Gallery

Sign Up (Playfool)

We are constantly surrounded by rules in the city. To challenge the ubiquitous rigidity of these rules, we instead use them as an opportunity for play, creation, experimentation, and transformation. This workshop encouraged everyone to create their own original rules for the city, thus enabling them to alter the landscape of laws in the spaces which surround them. Photo Gallery

Roll Playing Truck (Repipe)

Roll Playing Truck is a truck with roll-shaped materials available at DIY stores which is constructed through guerilla interventions in urban voids. This single object proposes a new urban experience by purposely misreading the role of things and places. Photo Gallery

From a scene to your rooftop (RF Records)

This workshop asked participants to bring white fabric and clothing, dye them with Setouchi lemons, and dry them out on rooftops throughout Tokyo. Photo Gallery

Repair Cafe (Jun Yamaguchi)

for Cities, in collaboration with maker Jun Yamaguchi, organized the first Repair CafƩ in Kyoto. Jun, a repair expert, was available during the exhibition week to help make all types of repairs. Photo Gallery

Clothing Self-Sufficiency (Jun Yamaguchi)

Jun Yamaguchi focuses on humble, everyday works of art, including domestic chores such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the elderly, that are often unseen and forgotten. Making and repairing oneā€™s own clothes also used to be part of traditional housework. Photo Gallery

Mobile Milk Tea Bar

This food stand was originally created by food designer Haruna Nakayama and Scrap Soshoku-Sha using found materials. The food stand was brought by bike and used as an experimental space in the context of Ikebukuro. Photo Gallery

Kyoto Cleanup (Studio B. Severin)

This workshop, guided by Studio B Severin, was designed to enable participants to experience cleaning as an act of reconnecting with oneself, others, and the environment. During the event, participants cleaned up various areas of Sakyo-ku under the guidance of Studio B Severin. The aim was to use cleaning and meditation to observe and experience the city from a new perspective. Photo Gallery

Ugly Building Tour

This city walk took participants to the ā€œuglyā€ side of the city and encouraged them to share their dislikes and define what they consider to be ā€œugly.ā€ The mission here was not to negatively criticize something specificā€”rather, we strove to recognize why we respond the way we do, and to discover what we cherish most in our urban landscape. Photo Gallery

Urbanist Talk

The curation team organized a series of talk sessions with each participating exhibitor. These sessions offered an opportunity for participants to share their impressions of the exhibition and their work, while also providing a forum to discuss their previous activities and exchange their perspectives on cities. Photo Gallery

Cities & Venues

Tokyo: Nishiike Valley (23rd - 31st October 2021)

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

Exhibition Booklet

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Selected Ideas