Private use of public open space in Tokyo. A study of the hybrid landscape of Tokyo's informal gardens

Jonas, M 2007, 'Private use of public open space in Tokyo. A study of the hybrid landscape of Tokyo's informal gardens', Journal of landscape architecture, vol. 2, pp. 18-29.


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Title Private use of public open space in Tokyo. A study of the hybrid landscape of Tokyo's informal gardens
Author(s) Jonas, M
Year 2007
Journal name Journal of landscape architecture
Volume number 2
Start page 18
End page 29
Total pages 12
Publisher Callwey Verlag
Abstract Informal flowerpot gardens are an unregarded yet ubiquitous sight in Japanese cities, and contribute vibrantly to the richness and diversity of residential neighbourhoods. By examining the flowerpot gardens in Tsukishima, a traditional neighbourhood in Tokyo's bay district, which is directly impinged upon by modern city development, the structure and background of this particular extension of private territory is set in context with the concept of hybrid landscape. The term hybrid landscape is used here to describe the space created by two place-making strategies: the traditional planning of open space and the small scale appropriation of planned space creating unique and rich living environments. The main aim of this paper is to illuminate the background and present conditions of Japanese flowerpot gardens and their surroundings and deepen understanding of this surprisingly apt illustration of hybrid landscape.
Keyword(s) Appropriation
Hybrid Landscape
Informal Gardening
Tsukishima
Tokyo
DOI - identifier 10.3939/JoLA.2007.2007.2.18
ISSN 1862-6033
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