Tokyo Void

City voids are not just mere gaps in the urban landscape, but also leftover buffer zones without functions or boundaries. Unsuitable for development because of shape and location, they quickly become garbage dumps and, as such, regarded unsafe.

Tokyo Voids propose a number of solutions for these neglected spaces, turning them into a valuable resource for each neighborhood

“In 1996, the Japanese photographer Masataka Nakano published a collection of images of Tokyo in his book Tokyo Nobody. His book instantaneously sparked an interest in everyone who thought they knew what this city was like: a busy, restless place that never sleeps. But through his work, Nakano cleverly challenges our collective understanding of the city. Each photograph depicts a scene from Tokyo’s urban landscape that all of us immediately recognize: a chaotic collection of miniature and tall buildings; landmarks such as the Tokyo Tower; advertising billboards; the metropolitan expressway; and meticulously manicured vegetation. The views seem randomly selected and could be taken anywhere in the city: a depiction of the everyday. Yet, what seems so profoundly familiar at first sight carries at the second glance some strangeness, as the images lack any trace of human presence. Thus, Nakano looks at the familiar but is still able to present a view that contradicts common readings of the city.

Tokyo Void is about the urban landscape of the city. It combines two seemingly contrasting entities: Tokyo, the largest city in the world, on the one hand; and void and vacancy, on the other hand. ” from the preface

Void as condition

Void as canvas

Voids for people

Voids as continuous landscape

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Marieluise Jonas and Heike Rahmann: Tokyo Void – Possibilities in Absence
Authors:    Marieluise Jonas, Heike Rahmann
ISBN:    9783868592726
Publisher:    Jovis Veralg
Publ. year:    2014
Language:    English
Pages:    192
Illustrations:    ca 100 colour
Width x height:    165 x 220 (mm)
Binding:    softcover
Weight:    500 g

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