|Research Residency Program
|Canada / Germany
|2016.6 - 2016.7
I have a long-standing interest in both children's playgrounds and Metabolist architecture. There are several important buildings within and close to Tokyo that I will study within the larger context of the street and the social dynamics they generate in order to fully appreciate the 'spirit' of this extraordinary avant-garde movement of the recent past. There are also several extraordinary playgrounds in Japan, in particular, Isamu Noguchi's Moerenuma park in Sapporo that I am very eager to study. Inspired by artists like Noguchi, I am very interested in the unique Phenomenological aspects of playgrounds and how a hybrid artwork/ playground is implicated in the production of space and transformative place making.
While in Tokyo, I will sketch many Metabolism buildings, and visit many famous playgrounds including Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam's work in Showa Memorial National Park and Hakone Open Air Museum. I will travel to Kofu for Kenzo Tange's Yamanashi Press and Broadcasting building. I will visit the Environmental Design Institute founded by Mitsuru Senda, a visionary architect of children's playgrounds, in order to conduct research in their archive. I will travel to a Hiroshima, Kyoto and to Ise Grand Temple to study arcitecture. I will work on computer renderings and concept models for sculptures and public art proposals. I will travel to Sapporo to visit and study Takino Hillside Park (Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam) and Moerenuma Park (Isamu Noguchi).