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Monday, November 12th, 2007

Kyoto

The steel-blue skies and heavy downpours in Kyoto provide a dramatic backdrop for the many temples and gardens in the north-east of the city. Like many other visitors we decide to brave the weather and explore the area until nightfall.

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Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Tokyo- Design Tide and Architecture

We are in Tokyo, joining a brigade of international designers who have come to the city for the Design Week. After a few days of exhibition hopping a clear favorite of mine is an installation with hydrophobic plates and water that is on show at 21-21. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take pictures there, so here are some architectural shots from the city instead while I research the designer’s details on the internet.

You might think any public toilet on a playground is a luxury- have a look at this one:


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Audi Building


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Asakusa, Senso-Jii Temple

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Isamu Noguchi – Moerenuma Park

Yesterday we accompanied the S-Air team to Moerenuma Park, designed by Isamu Noguchi. The entire park is designed as a sculpture on a former landfill site. The park is very graphical and, despite being utterly artificial, soothes the mind almost like ‘real countryside’ does. Even the toilet buildings are sculptures and raise questions about the necessity of ugly buildings that clutter so much of the country.

Noguchi died before the park was finished and although this sounds tragic it is put into perspective by the fact that he was 84 (!) when he took on this project! What an inspiration.

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