The Tokyo Idea

Photograph of Shibuya Scramble

Gennifer Weisenfeld, Augustus Wendell

2020

Type: Lab

Team Tokyo has been investigating different aspects of the city over time (urban planning, infrastructure/transportation, neighborhood communities/identities, etc.) and how the city has been imagined in art, architecture, literature, film, popular culture, food, and fashion from the end of the Edo period to the present day. Having endured political upheavals, fires, earthquakes, fire-bombings, and unbridled development, Tokyo has always been a complex subject constantly being made and remade. We use that complexity to engage in interdisciplinary and multimodal thinking.

A new course, "The Tokyo Idea: Visualizing a Global City," was developed on the foundation of this work and first taught by Gennifer Weisenfeld in Fall 2021.

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