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駅<鉄道 'urban design proposal for future lifestyle along with railway systems'
Highly Commended
(collaboration with Tomoko Samei)

2003
urban design proposal on urban infrastructure
(proposal competition project)
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Japanese railway companies had been running on two major incomes. One is to develop residential areas in the suburbs, and the other is to network transportation systems from there. However, as lifestyle has changed according to declining in the number of births, people now prefer to work at home with computers. Then the railway companies have raised questions about their conventional business model so that they asked what to do with it as urban design research proposal.

The competition brief asked us to 'design lifestyle for the coming future,' however, is it true that 'lifestyle for the coming future' is possibly designed by someone? Then we started to look at this fantasy of 'controllable lifestyle,' and found the reality that train stations in Japan had excessively expanded so far. In this case, we tend to generalize the issue to get lost, therefore, what we did next was to look at our own lifestyles as closely as possible. We knew small stories could be a key to reveal the identity of even colossal systems.

As a result, we proposed ultimate 'compact' business which would match our needs of this time. It maily focuses on a role as a junction to distribute goods, service, and human beings. For further research in designing one of train stations, we proposed a simple design strategy; what we need is only two actions. One is 'big cleaning,' meaning to get rid of whatever unused. And the other is 'big rearrangement,' meaning to move to wherever fits better. We picked up a generic suburban train station that we have known very well, and made a big list of every single detail about what we had noticed.

It is hard to take a fresh look at something too close to ourselves. We looked at things daily so that we become unconsciously blind to them. However, by exchanges of questions and answers until we find out the hidden reason why, we can visualize the process and the facts objectively. Throughout this kick-off research, we saw a potential eventually providing benefits to either side. The first one is of consumers defined as who may pay for any service or goods to railway companies, the second is of providers defined as who may concern with railway companies, and the last is of inhabitants defined as who may live under the circumstance developed by railway companies.