Text: Moe Fujisue
Photo: Rakutaro Hagiwara
The Structure of a Loftwork-Style Hack that Improves our General Knowledge
HACK OUR CITY was comprised of three parts: panel discussions, case studies, and workshops. We started by having Chiaki Hayashi, representative director of Loftwork Inc., speak about the thought process behind a Loftwork-like "hack".
What on earth is the driving force behind Hayashi and the people who work with her? The answer is "fun" and much more. Today, 3D printing is no longer just an experimental tool, but has come to have enough functionality to output an end product. As the core of craftsmanship is moving from businesses to individuals, its quality is continually increasing.
When everyone's respective fields of expertise and ideas are put together, fun becomes the driving force for the birth of collaborations and new creativity. Hayashi has witnessed such scenes again and again and still finds herself in the middle of them today. Her powerful words—"creativity is only born from fun"—left a strong impression.
Hayashi's real feeling that people's social roles are becoming increasingly fragmented and it is becoming difficult to see relationships without the use of money as an intermediary have caused her to take an increasing interest in how to construct new relationships of reciprocity in society. For instance, think of the latent potential when 10 elderly people filled with wisdom have gathered. This is her imagination of the future of Japan as it moves toward an extremely aged population, and also a hint for the SHIBUYA HACK PROJECT.
Finding the Empty Spaces in a City and Changing the City's Context
Next, Masataka Baba (Open A Ltd. representative, professor at the Tohoku University of Art and Design, and architect), spoke about the shift in his location from Shibuya to Kanda and the growth of his interest in public spaces.
Panel Discussion - the Plan to Turn Almost All of Shibuya into a Pedestrian Paradise
What if Shibuya's public roads were opened as pedestrian spaces? Hayashi and Baba started the panel discussion from Baba's question about a plan to turn almost all of Shibuya into a pedestrian paradise.