Writer: Moe Fujisue
Photographer: Rakutaro Hagiwara
Hack Our City Report Part 2: — Experimental City Shibuya
In the second half of HACK OUR CITY, entitled "Experimental City Shibuya", we conducted two case studies and a workshop. In Kumiko Takano's (the editor of PARCO "ACROSS") introduction "ACROSS Fixed-Point Observation" is also introduced. Online, it is possible to view an archive containing a masterful amount of information obtained through observation of the fashion in Shibuya, Harajuku, and Shinjuku and interviews conducted every month since 1980.
Workshop - Making the City a Prototype "Shibuya Dream Map"
Geographer Imaizumi began drawing imaginary maps in his childhood. He is currently creating imaginary maps of "Nakamura City" of such high quality that they are indistinguishable from maps of real cities. Not just maps, but, tourism guides, bus routes, logos for local companies, bus exterior designs, a shopping center floor guide, lease plan maps, etc., all of the guides and designs for elements of the fictitious city fall under the category of the geographer's work. Even people who do not look too hard at real maps seem to become engrossed in the imaginary ones, it is enjoyable for them to be able to imagine the look of the city from their reality. Since the city only exists on the map, the answers only exist in the hearts of those who look at it. We started this workshop based on the advertisement of fantasy tugging on reality.
Participants divide into teams of 4 or 5, and tackle various challenges.