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December 28, 2017

[SSJ: 10063] Sophia University ICC Lecture Series on Jan. 24 "Tokyo Roji" by Heide Imai

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2017/12/28

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2017

Tokyo Roji:
The Diversity and Versatility of Alleys in a City in Transition

Heide Imai

18:30-20:00, January 24, 2018
Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University

If the streets of Tokyo could talk, what stories would they tell us? This talk will present the role and meaning of the roji in Tokyo and seeks to go behind the fa├žade of the contemporary urban landscape to re- contextualise these forgotten yet necessary, marginal yet present places of everyday life. Marginalised through the emergence of new forms of housing and public spaces, re-appropriated by different fields, and re-invented by the contemporary urban design discourse, the social meaning attached to the roji is being re-interpreted by individuals, subcultures and new social movements. To portray the life cycle of an urban form being rediscovered, commodified and lost as physical space, I will make use of historical references, urban narratives, graphic reinterpretations and exemplary study cases, to finally disclose questions of the roji's future, its new actors and its new possibilities, closing with a critical statement: extraordinary cities are made of ordinary places.

Heide Imai is Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) at Hosei University and Research Associate at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. Licensed as an architect, her research, teaching and practice focus is urban resistance, resilience and the future of vernacular landscapes in global cities.

Language: English / No Prior registration necessary

Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) Sophia University 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN

Approved by ssjmod at December 28, 2017 03:49 PM