RMIT Landscape Architecture Design Studio_Affective Geometries in Japan

2016 RMIT University Upper Pool Design Research Studio : Affective Geometries in Japan

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RMIT Landscape Architecture Design Studio_Affective Geometries

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An overarching hypothesis for the studio is embedded in the idea formulated by Hiroshi Naito who describes the relationship between detail construction, craftsmanship, material and landscape in the concept of “Protoscape”. Naito argues for timeless and purposeful Architecture informed by materiality and detail – specific to each landscape.

 “I would like to bring landscape to reside in the details, and to place architecture in an intermediate position between landscape and materials through a perpetual shifting between landscape and materials, in the design process.

To design is none other than to depict the character of the landscape seeking expression in the details.”

Hiroshi Naito, Innerscape

The Design Studio is at mid-point: the work has been positioned and we have exhibited the working models.

Now we are packing up to travel to Japan!

Follow us here for updates on the joint Studio and MoDDD study tour.

Thomas Flugge
Hayden Matthys
Reuben Hore-Waterhouse

2017 公募 「海と生きる」プロジェクト オーストラリアを舞台に広げ

公募 「海と生きる」プロジェクト オーストラリアを舞台に広げ

オーストラリア政府機関助成による豪日プロジェクト「AfterLandscape」(RMIT王立メルボルン工科大学 マリールイーズ・ヨーナス主催)の第二章として、2017年4月29日− 5月3日の日程でオーストラリア視察旅行を開催します。このたび、その参加者を公募いたします。



  • 帰りの切符  飛行機代(エコノミークラス)
  • 日本及びオーストラリア電車代
  • オーストラリア滞在中ホテル代
  • ワークショップへの参加








  1. 2011年3月以降、地域の活動に参加されている方
  2. 2016年1月、気仙沼市で2日間開催された「海と生きる」ワークショップに最低1回参加された方
  3. 今回の視察で得たことを気仙沼市のコミュニティーに取り入れ、プロジェクトを自ら発展させていきたいと考えている方



ホバート市タスマニア大学アジア研究所所長 ジェームス・チン教授

Asia Institute University of Tasmania

国際交流基金シドニー日本文化センター 日本研究部 プログラムコーディネーター




Expressions of interest invited for in-Australia stage of “Living with the Sea” project.

As a continuation of the Australian government funded bi-lateral research project ‘AfterLandscape’ led by Dr Marieluise Jonas of Melbourne’s RMIT University, expressions of interest are invited from persons to participate in a study tour to Australia from 29 April – 3 May 2017.

The workshop includes visits to sites of creative practices, small start up businesses in Melbourne and Hobart and will connect Kesennuma community representatives with Tasmanian people from areas affected by bushfires. The proposed ‘AfterLandscape’ outcomes include the creation of long lasting bi-lateral partnerships between Kesennuma community members and Australian counterparts.

The delegation is offered for four persons form Kesennuma and includes:

  • Return flight (economy class)
  • Rail transport in Japan and Australia
  • Hotel accommodation in Australia
  • Workshop participation

Selection Process
To express interest in membership of the funded delegation, please submit:
Maximum 1 page written statement (Japanese or English) setting out a future vision for Kesennuma and your role in shaping this future.
Curriculum Vitae including name and other personal details, including contact details, and a list of your post-March 2011 community activities.
Applications via email to: by 30 November 2016
Applications are particularly invited from women and younger community members.


  1. Nature of post March 2011 community involvement
  2. Participation in at least one session of January 2016 ‘Living with the Sea’ Kesennuma two-day workshop
  3. Willingness to adopt project leadership in the Kesennuma community

Places will also be available for a number of self-funded study-tour places.
Please email to to indicate your interest.
Selection Panel

Professor James Chin
Director of the Asia Institute, University of Tasmania, Hobart

Asia Institute University of Tasmania

Elicia O’Reilly
Program Coordinator, Japanese Studies Department, The Japan Foundation, Sydney

The Japan Foundation Sydney

The ‘2017 Future Proofing Kesennuma Project’ is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


RMIT LA/Tokyo University Keikan Lab Workshop Confirmed

What is the future of the built environment if we are cannibalizing each other? If we don’t know what the future society looks like with or without landscape architects? What the  philosophy is that we are building for the future? How we can communicate globally to act for one aim: securing the future?

The 2016 RMIT Upper Pool Design Research Studio Affective Geometries will be working with Keikan Lab to bring a global perspective to these questions.

Persons in the video:

Osamu Shinohara Sensei – Professor Emeritus Tokyo Civic Landscape Lab

Yu Nakai Sensei – Professor Tokyo University Civic Landscape Lab

Yoshiyuki Kawazoe – Associate Professor The University of Tokyo, fellow alumnus Keikan Lab

Hiroshi Naito – Professor Emeritus Tokyo University Civic Landscape Lab, Architect

Hashikami time scale analysis

Hashikami site investigation timescale analysis 1947 – 2015. Source data: Japan Air Photo, Google Earth.

The time scale analysis shows the of growth and destruction of Hashikami, highlighting the particular vulnerability of settlements built in the post WWII economic growth period.

In the 2011 and 1947 mappings settlement, vegetation and waterbodies are strikingly similar.

2011 – Dotted area: inundated area, central remaining building structure Hashikami Fishery High-school.


1947 – Dark area: saltpan/ lagoon. Dotted area: wetlands, hashed area: forest and dune vegetation, settlement structure.

Hashikami Japan Air Photo Annotated, 2015