Taipei Ephemera: In Search Of What Makes Taipei Taipei

Essay Taipei ・ Nov 16, 2019

As an (almost) full-time traveler who loves to understand the uniqueness of each city I visit, I often create a mental image of the city based on what I think makes it unique. I also know that everyone... Keep Reading →

Mihama American Village: A Story on the Land Formerly Occupied by the U.S. Military

EssayAmerican Village, Okinawa ・ Jun 20, 2019

We recently visited Mihama American Village, a large entertainment complex located in the central part of Okinawa main island, Japan. The motivation of our visit wasn't the entertainment per se - rather... Keep Reading →

Things We Can Learn from Zoning

EssayWest Point Grey neighborhood, Vancouver ・ Sep 19, 2018

The other day I've participated in a walking tour which had a quite unique catchphrase - "Vancouver's Worst Zoning?". The event was organized by Abundant Housing Vancouver, which is a pro-housing group... Keep Reading →


先日、とてもユニークなタイトルに魅かれ、あるウォーキングツアーに参加した。その名も、「バンクーバーの最悪なゾーニング」。バンクーバーの住宅不足問題に取り組む、Abundant Housing... 読み続ける →

This Is Not About Race, but It Is — Thinking About White Gentrification In "Black Beverly Hills"

Essay Los Angeles ・ Jul 9, 2018

Recently I got to know a little bit about a neighborhood in LA called View Park, which later I discovered is called "Black Beverly Hills" - as opposed to its dominantly white counterpart. Frank Ocean's... Keep Reading →

Hip-Hop Architecture

Essay Los Angeles ・ Jul 1, 2018

Several days ago I got to know a brand new theory (at least for me) that is called "Hip-Hop Architecture" by participating an event hosted by MOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. It featured... Keep Reading →

The Urbanist’s Guide to Video Games!

Essay Elsewhere ・ Jun 26, 2018

Few months ago a friend of mine showed me a very interesting website that blew my mind — Parable of Polygons: an playable post on the shape of society. It shows a simulation of segregation that is playfully... Keep Reading →


数か月前、友人がとても興味深いWebサイトを見せてくれた。ノーベル経済学賞を受賞したゲーム理論学者のトーマス・シェリング氏が提唱した、Parable of Polygons(人種隔離シュミレーション)だ... 読み続ける →

9 Beautiful Books on Urban Analysis And Research

Essay Elsewhere ・ May 25, 2018

There are many great books out there on urban planning and design, but I realized not many of them quite sum up the full scope of roles of urban analysis and research. I believe that analytical process... Keep Reading →

What I Learned at "Renovation School” In Tokyo

EssayIkegami, Tokyo ・ May 14, 2018

Have you ever heard of the “Renovation School” in Japan? You might already know that Japan is experiencing a rapid degeneration due to the declining population. This decline raises a lot of social issues... Keep Reading →
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