Designing Local Community at Apartment Housing in Japan
How much do you know about your neighbors? A lot? Not much? Or absolutely nothing?
Now a days, we have convenient tools to connect people anywhere in the world. These things make it easier to connect people further away from you, than the people next to you.
In light of this trend, Masafumi Ara, who organizes “HITOTOWA INC.” proposes ‘neighborhood design.’ His projects aim to enrich the life by building communities and create relationships of mutual trust in an apartment building or a local community.
Open for a wide range of people: A-standard
Here, I would like to introduce a major example of what HITOTOWA INC. does. It is a project organized at the apartment buildings, named “A-standard.”
For this project, Ara planned to make apartment buildings in Hongo-3cho-me and Sakuragaoka which is quite different from other apartments. As Ara points out,
Ara compares with several housing concepts.
Ara says that people can find their common problems and solutions for them by communicating with each inhabitant, and such process would enrich their activities in their community.
We can see the ingenious device in A-standard. There is a town map displayed in the common space. Residents can share the information on this map. For example, one man introduces his favorite Chinese restaurant and says “my recommendation is their “Mapo Doufu.” This map certainly creates a chance for the residents to talk to others.
During the design phase, what kind of the community does Ara imagine?
Stroll down to our town!
In the past, there hadn’t been a chance for local to introduce the good points of their neighborhoods to newcomers. Then, in A-standard at Hongo, a social gathering took place.
Today, ways of living have became more diverse. How do we know that communities will develop in the future?
In such circumstances, how will be able to neighborhood design change in the future?
The more the people in the community become diverse, the more positive possibilities in the community we will get. Though we still have many problems because of people’s diversity, we also have many solutions for the same reason.
A nearby friend is preferable to a far-dwelling kinsman. Why don’t you join a local community?
[via Greenz.jp written by Masami Yamamoto]