Urban Rhythmanalysis in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

2016 - 2017    Design Research / Sound Design / Media Design

Cities today are being made and remade at a faster pace and at a larger scale than ever before. Additionally, the built environment as well as its populations and capitals is rapidly changing. In order to cope with transitory urban situations, several methods have been invented incrementally and developed through designer-led urban planning by Le Corbusier and Jane Jacobs, Henri Lefebvreʼ s critiques for everyday life, and urban practices of the situationist international. Currently, in the area of urban planning and architecture, much attention has been paid to focus on how to know cities, to redefine them, and to make the best of them.

This research aims 1) to speculate how to use the power of rhythms, musical elements, to improve the urban environment and to increase meaningful civic engagement and 2) design and implement tactical media. By rhythmanalysis, a method for analyzing rhythms of urban spaces, advocated by Henri Lefebvre in 1992, Tanaka collected the rhythms of Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan and have analyzed the data of them. Besides, referring to the practices of situationist, he designed interactive media that would make use of existing houses and spaces and would help people to “drift” information-space and real-space. The final object of this research is to empower civic engagement using the notion of rhythms and tactical media.

Deliverables are below:
1) Urban Score: On the basis of rhythmanalysis, I have designed graphic diagrams that show you Shimokitazawa's invisible structures.
2) Urban Music: I have asked an artist to make music using sound materials recorded in Shimokitazawa as Participatory Design.
3) Urban Media: I have edited and designed an interactive media on Shimokitazawa that could insist of Music, Movies, texts and so on.

Design Research, Sound Design, Music, Architecture, Media, Urban Rhythmanalysis, and Participatory Design