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DIMMER, Christian
 
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Faculty of International Research and Education, School of International Liberal Studies
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Associate Professor(tenure-track)
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Dr. Christian Dimmer is Associate Professor for Urban Studies at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies, where he teaches courses on 'Transition Design', ‘Urban Commons’, ‘Theories of Placemaking and Urban Practice (commonly known as Planning Theory)’. ‘Sustainable Cities and resilient Communities’, 'Politics of Public Space,' as well as ‘Global Urbanism.’

He graduated from the interdisciplinary ‘Spatial and Environmental Planning’ program at the Technical University of Kaierslautern/ Germany with his graduation project comparing different 'cultures of public space' in the USA, Germany and Japan. He was supervised by Prof. Markus NEPPL and Prof. Bernd STREICH and also studied under Alber SPEER *junior*.

Besides his academic work he has cooperated with numerous planning and environmental consultancies in Germany and with architectural firms such as Arata Isozaki and Associates or property developers like Mitsubishi Estate Inc. in Japan. He functioned as urban design and placemaking consultant for large-scale urban regneration schemes in central Tokyo as well as on various new town projects in China. In 2006 he established the architectural and design practice Frontoffice/ Tokyo together with Koen Klinkers, William Galloway, and Erez Golani Solomon.

Christian has earned his PhD in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo with his dissertation ‘[Re]negotiating Public Space: a Historical Critique of Modern Public Space in Metropolitan Japan and its Contemporary Re-valuation’ under the supervision of Prof. NISHIMURA Yukio and Prof. KITAZAWA Takeru.

As a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) post-doctoral research fellow he was affiliated with the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, where he examined the 'Politics and Contestations of Public Space in post-growth metropolitan Japan'. This project was carried out in cooperation with his research host Prof. YOSHIMI Shunya.

Christian has worked as assistant-professor for Urban Design at the University of Tokyo, where he taught post-graduate courses on 'Advanced Urban Studies' as well as 'Dissertation Writing.'

He is co-founder of the charitable, design-led disaster response organisation, Open Architecture Collaborative|Tokyo Chapter, the Alliance of Humanitarian Architecture|Sendai, as well as of the TPF²|Tohoku Planning Forum, which facilitates the exchange of ideas, projects and initiatives for rebuilding resilient, liveable, sustainable communities in the disaster-hit areas of Tohoku in north-eastern Japan.

Specialties: urbanism, urban theory, planning theory, urban governance, new urban commons, public space, civil society, sustainable cities, adaptive cities, resilient cities, citizen participation

Education

  • 2008.10
    -
    2010.09

    The University of Tokyo   Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies   Post-doctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)  

  • 2001.10
    -
    2008.01

    The University of Tokyo   The Graduate School of Engineering   Doctoral Program  

    Laboratory of Urban Design

  • 1995.10
    -
    2001.09

    Technical University of Kaiserslautern   Department of Architecture, Spatial and Environmental Planning, Civil Engineering   Spatial and Environmental Planning Program  

    Qualified Engineer (Spatial and Environmental Planning) [Master's equivalent]

Degree

  • 2008.01   The University of Tokyo   Ph.D. (Urban Engineering)

  • 2001.10   Technical University of Kaiserslautern   Qualified Engineer in Spatial and Environmental Planning (Diplom-Ingenieur Raum- und Umweltplanung) [Master's equivalent]]

Research Experience

  • 2021.10
    -
    Now

    Waseda University   School of International Liberal Studies   Associate Professor (tenure track)

    community/ governance innovations, new urban commons

  • 2016.04
    -
    2021.03

    Waseda University   School of International Liberal Studies   Assistant Professor

    renewable energy and community development, new urban commons

  • 2012.04
    -
    2016.03

    The University of Tokyo   Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Urban Preservation Systems   Assistant Professor

    Research on post-disaster recovery community/ governance innovations, new urban commons, privately owned public spaces (POPS)

  • 2010.10
    -
    2012.03

    The University of Tokyo   Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Urban Preservation Systems   Specially Appointed Researcher

  • 2008.10
    -
    2010.09

    The University of Tokyo   Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies   Post-doctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Professional Memberships

  • 2021.12
    -
    Now

    Alumni Organisation of "Spatial and Environmental Planning', Technical University of Kaiserlautern

  • 2016.03
    -
    Now

    INURA ー International Network for Urban Research and Action

  • 2011.12
    -
    Now

    Pacific Rim Community Design Network

  • 2010.10
    -
    Now

    German JSPS Alumni Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft der JSPS-Stipendiaten e.V.)

  • 2010.02
    -
    Now

    German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung e.V))

  • 1998.01
    -
    Now

    Japanese Garden Society Kaiserlautern (Japanischer Garten Kaiserslautern e.V.)

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Research Areas

  • Architectural planning and city planning   Civil Society, Community Empowerment, Participatory Design, Urban Commons, Placemaking, Social Design, Transition Design, Contestations of Public Space

Research Interests

  • Transition Design, Participatory Placemaking, New Urban Commons, Participatory Governance, Community Design, Community Resilience, Empowerment, Capacity Building

Papers

  • Towns in Transition - Regional and Ideological Diversity among Local Climate Protection Projects and Regional Revitalization Efforts in Rural Japan

    Christian Dimmer, Daniel Kremers

    S. Moloney, H. Fünfgeld, M. Granberg (Eds.) Local Action on Climate Change Opportunities and Constraints, Routledge     72 - 91  2019.07  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Tokyo’s modern legacy and the 2020 Olympic Games

    Christian Dimmer, Erez Golani Solomon

    V. Bharne; T. Sandmeier (Eds.) (2019) Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation, Routledge     487 - 500  2019.02  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Miyashita Park, Tokyo: Contested Visions of Public Space in Contemporary Urban Japan

    Christian Dimmer

    Hou, J.; Knierbein, S. (Eds.) (2017) City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy, Routledge     199 - 213  2017.07  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Japan After March 11th 2011: Between Swift Reconstruction and Sustainable Restructuring

    Christian Dimmer

    Rethinking Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in a Time of Change     23 - 40  2017.03  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

    DOI

  • Place-Making Before and After 3.11: The Emergence of Social Design in Post-Disaster, Post-Growth Japan

    Christian Dimmer

    Review of Japanese Culture and Society   28 ( 1 ) 198 - 226  2016.12  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    DOI

  • Evolving Place Governance Innovations and Pluralising Reconstruction Practices in Post-disaster Japan

    Christian Dimmer

    Planning Theory & Practice   15 ( 2 ) 260 - 265  2014.04  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

    DOI

  • Re- imagining public space: the vicissitudes of Japan’s privately owned public spaces

    Christian Dimmer

    Brumann, C., & Schulz, E. (Eds.). (2012). Urban Spaces in Japan: Cultural and Social Perspectives (1st ed.). Routledge.     74 - 105  2012.06  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

    DOI

  • Introduction: Urban Spaces in Japan

    Christoph Brumann, Christian Dimmer, Evelyn Schulz

    Brumann, C., & Schulz, E. (Eds.). (2012). Urban Spaces in Japan: Cultural and Social Perspectives (1st ed.). Routledge     1 - 14  2012.05  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Renegotiating Public Space :: A Historical Critique of Modern Public Space in Metropolitan Japan and its Contemporary Re-valuation

    Christian Dimmer

    Graduation Thesis, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Urban Engineering     1 - 356  2008.01  [Refereed]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Mythos öffentlicher Raum-wie öffentlich muss der Stadtraum der Zukunft noch sein? (Myth Public Space - How public must Urban Spaces be in the Future?))

    Aesche Jens, Christian Dimmer

    Graduation Thesis, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Architecture, Spatial and Environmental Planning, Civil Engineering     1 - 248  2001.09  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Soziale Resilienz – Lehren / Lernen aus dem internationalen Kontext (Social Resilience - Learning from an international perspective)

    Christian Dimmer, Mark Kammerbauer

    PlanerIn   22-2   21 - 23  2022.04  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author, Corresponding author

  • Assembling Sony's Presence in Ginza

    Christian Dimmer, Erez Golani Solomon

    Proceedings of the 16th International Docomomo Conference, Tokyo Japan 2020+1   4   1412 - 1417  2021.10  [Refereed]  [International journal]  [International coauthorship]

    Authorship:Lead author

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    This paper offers a critical re-evaluation of what is arguably the clearest representation of a Japanese consumer electronic and media corporation in architectural form: the Ginza Sony Building. The paper argues that architect Yoshinobu Ashihara’s 1966 modern master- piece can be seen as a multilayered assemblage through which a number of distinct modernist traditions have evolved. This aspect of the building, we argue, is clearer in the present, ironically, after it has been demolished; in its absence. The building’s status as a modernist icon and, consequently, fame, developed gradually since it was opened. But a series of recent events and the resulting dynamic encouraged us to revisit the building to construct a wider, more satisfying understanding of its value. The renewed relevance of the Sony Build- ing, we know in hindsight, was determined when Tokyo was announced as a host of the 2020 Olympics. That announcement in September 2013 was a catalyst for a chain of events that revealed four distinct ‘evolutions’ in which the iconic building plays a distinct role. We discuss the change over time of: (1.) the emergence and presence of Sony in Ginza; (2.) the employment of modern architectural traditions and ideas; (3.) the linkage between Sony’s flagship products and the building; and (4.) the representations of Sony as an architectural form and how it evolved from building to park and the expected building-park. The paper, then, offers a re-reading of the modernist building as a non-discrete urban assemblage at the intersection of new technologies in consumer electronics, novel architectural ideas, a Post-War nascent consumer society, and, an urban district that transformed because of the 1964 Olympic Games and is currently re-transforming through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The paper recognizes the Sony Building as a relevant object of study and repositions it in the current context. It accounts for the main evolutionary traditions and shows how the building encourages their composition.

  • Smart Cities in Asia: Governing Development in the Era of HyperConnectivity. Cities. Edited by Yu-Min Joo and Teck-Boon Tan

    Pacific Affairs, Volume 94, Number 2     401 - 403  2021.07  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Tokyo: Common Matters

    Christian Dimmer, Keigo Kobayashi

    Cuff, D; Loukaitou-Sideris, A; Presner, T.; Zubiaurre, M.; Jae-an Crisman, J. (Eds.) Urban Humanities : New Practices for Reimagining the City     76 - 84  2020.04

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Techniques for Collective Creativity - Technique 4.4: Community Innovation Forum

    Christian Dimmer, Yu Ohtani

    de la Peña, D.; Jones Allen, D.; Hester, R.; Hou, J.; Lawson, L.; McNally, M. (Eds.), Design As Democracy: Techniques fo Collective Creativity, Island Press     122 - 127  2017.12

    Authorship:Lead author

  • 1am-5am: Tokyo, Urban Rhythms and the politics of trains schedule

    Christian Dimmer, Erez Golani Solomon, Brian Morris

    Scapegoat Publishing, Special Issue Night   4   29 - 39  2017.04  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • {Re}assembling Public Space: Evolving Geographies of Contestation, Celebration, and Collaboration in Contemporary Tokyo

    Christian Dimmer

    F. Atsumi (Ed.) OrNamenTTokYo - in/significance of the ‘common’ in Japan, Art-Phil Publishers     33 - 37  2016.11  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Re-use of Former Military Brownfields and Environmental Model Projects in Small Rural Communities in Germany

    Christian Dimmer

    City Planning   315   56 - 59  2015.06  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • From Laissez-faire and Nonchalance to Noblesse Obligé – Tokyo’s New Corporate Place-Making Paradigm

    Christian Dimmer

    Honda, S.; Radović, D. (Eds.) Measuring the Non-Measurable 07, Mn’M Workbook 3: Future Urban Intensities, Flick Studio     10 - 17  2014.03  [Invited]

  • Kultur, Kommerz, Community – Kunst als Mittel der Stadterneuerung in Japan (Culture, Consumerism, Community – Art as Means for Urban Renewal in Japan)

    Christian Dimmer

    PlanerIn   5   55 - 56  2013.05  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Japan im Spannungsfeld zwischen raschem Wiederaufbau und nachhaltigem Umbau (Japan after 3.11: Between quick reconstruction and sustainable Transformation)

    Christian Dimmer

    Geographische Rundschau   ( 3 ) 4 - 10  2013.03  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Aesthetic Intelligence: Designing Smart and Beautiful Architectural Spaces

    Kai Kasugai, Carsten Röcker, Bert Bongers, Daniela Plewe, Christian Dimmer

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science     360 - 361  2011.11

    Authorship:Last author

    DOI

  • Die Welt im Garten : Fachbereich ARUBI möchte Kooperation mit japanischen Universitäten intensivieren (The World in the Garden: Department of Architecture, Spatial and Environmental Planning, Civil Engineering wants to strengthen Cooperation with Japanese Universities))

    Christian Dimmer, Franz Kohorst, Hanns-Stephan Wüst

    Universität Kaiserslautern: Uni-Spectrum. (2000), 2     32 - 33  2000.08  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

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Books and Other Publications

  • Common Matters

    Christian Dimmer, Keigo Kobayashi, Ayano Kumazawa, Hyeok Namkung, Haruka Uemura, Wataru Kitaoka, Hayate Watanabe, Nozomu Shiotani, Shun Kuronuma, Wataru Nakanishi, Chen Jiahui, Junko Kawabata, Ryuta Fujii( Part: Joint author, Co-curator, Editor)

    self-published  2017.08

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    Exhibition booklet for an exhibit representing the global city Tokyo at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (Imminent Commons: Commoning Cities).

    We surveyed the Yanaka area in line with the exhibition theme of introducing examples of Tokyo’s commons. In the city of Tokyo, filled with the paint-by-numbers of private and public land, people have forgotten that they can change the environment they find themselves in by being a part of it. In the Yanaka area, there are a number of activities that are an extension of personal life and hobby activities, which cross the boundaries and build a number of loose relationships to form a bottom-up living environment. What each of them picked up as a resource were the seemingly “ordinary” things in their lives.

  • Living Together - Living in a community; Sweden’s Collective Housing

    Christian Dimmer, Aiko Okazaki, Emiko Ura, Rieko Shiraki, Yumiko Ito, Yu Wada, Yoshie Sakamoto, Yumiko Yanagisawa( Part: Joint author, Editorial team, segment author)

    Collective Housing Study Group  2016.12

  • This is Collective Housing! 12 Years Collective Housing Kankanmori

    Collective House, Kankanmori Residents' Association, Mori no Kaze( Part: Joint editor, Contribution of two chapters and joint editing)

    2014.11 ISBN: 9784810708141

  • Planning for sustainable Asian cities : APSA 11th International Congress - Selected Papers

    Christian Dimmer, Yukio Nishimura( Part: Edit, Selection of best papers, editing of submission, compilation of the volume)

    The University of Tokyo  2012.03

Research Projects

  • Mapping Local Climate Protection and Regional Development Projects

    Auswärtige Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Foreign Office, The Federal Republik of Germany)  Klima Fond (Dialogue for Climate Action fund), internal grant, competitive between all German embassies world wide, officially submitted through the German Embassy Tokyo

    Project Year :

    2016.01
    -
    2016.12
     

    Shikibu Oishi, Franz Waldenberger, Christian Dimmer, Daniel Kremers

  • Emerging new governance models and community innovations in post-disaster Japan

    self-sponsored  self-sponsored

    Project Year :

    2011.03
    -
    2016.03
     

    Christian Dimmer, Jan Lindenberg, Renata Piazza, Marieluise Jonas, Hiroko Otsuka, Shunsuke Hirose, Gesa Neuert

  • Climate Protection— Chances for Regional and Local Development

    Auswärtige Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Foreign Office, The Federal Republik of Germany)  Klima Fond (Dialogue for Climate Action fund), internal grant, competitive between all German embassies world wide, officially submitted through the German Embassy Tokyo

    Project Year :

    2015.01
    -
    2015.12
     

    Shikibu Oishi, Franz Waldenberger, Christian Dimmer, Daniel Kremers

  • Research of integrated preservation planning for scattered Buddhist heritages and their surrounding region

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)

    Project Year :

    2012.04
    -
    2015.03
     

    Nishimura Yukio, Kubota Aya, Nagase Setsuji, Kurose Takefumi, Christian Dimmer

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    The study clarified following three points mainly by field surveys and literature reviews in Lumbini and its surrounding area including the northern India. 1) The history of Buddhist ruins, 2) the conservation effort and its evaluation through the progress of Kenzo Tange’s master plan in 1970s by United Nations and local regulations such as land-use control and building permission, and 3) the contemporary challenges, which Buddhist ruins have faced. Combining these findings, the study constructed a comprehensive conservation method for the Buddhist ruins and surrounding areas as a conclusion.

  • Mega Events and Global Cities

    self-sponsored  self-sponsored

    Project Year :

    2013.09
    -
     
     

    Christian Dimmer, Erez Golani Solomon

  • Inventorising Tokyo’s Privately Owned Public Spaces

    The University of Tokyo, Global Centre of Excellence GCOE, Center of Sustainable Urban Regeneration CSUR, Section D  internal grant-in-aid, competitive

    Project Year :

    2011.04
    -
    2013.04
     

    Takefumi Kurose, Christian Dimmer

  • Urban Commons, Community Innovations and Social Resilience for Deep Adaptation

    self-sponsored  self-sponsored

    Project Year :

    2013.01
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  • A Political Economy of New Public Space in Urban Japan between Public Process and Private Influence

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows

    Project Year :

    2008
    -
    2010
     

    Yoshimi Shunya, Christian Dimmer

  • Renegotiating Public Space – A Historical Critique of Modern Public Space in Metropolitan Japan and its Contemporary Re-valuation

    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology  Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship

    Project Year :

    2001.10
    -
    2004.09
     

    Christian Dimmer

  • Studying concepts of public space and surveying or new types of urban public space

    DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)  Studienpraktika in Japan (Student internships in Japan)

    Project Year :

    1998.10
    -
    1999.03
     

    Christian Dimmer

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Presentations

  • Towards ‘Deep Adaptation’ and Community Resilience in post-3.11 Japan: The Onagawa Case

    Christian Dimmer  [Invited]

    Post Disaster Reconstruction: Learning from Japan  (Beirut)  American University of Beirut, School of Architecture and Design

    Presentation date: 2022.04

  • Deep Adaptation, Community Resilience and Sustainability - Examining Emergent Bottom up Placemaking in post-disaster Japan

    Christian Dimmer  [Invited]

    (University of Illinois, Japan House)  University of Illinois, Japan House, Designing Everyday Life in Modern Japan Course, Instructor: Chris Palmieri

    Presentation date: 2022.04

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    What is the purpose of urban design and placemaking? What is our 'endgame'? What are the big objectives, every individual design project should address? The presentation outlines the planetary crisis the world is facing - resource depletion, climate change, migration crises, geo-political conflict - and it argues that placemaking plays a crucial role for tackling global challenges, locally. What are the ontological and practical implications for designing sustainability transitions? After outlining some theoretical implications and discussing possible benchmarks as metrics for meaningful transition design projects, the presentation examines the example of the emergent, participatory placemaking practice in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture, and tries to draw concrete lessons for wider, global debates on sustainability transitions.

  • Deep Adaptation, Resilience and Sustainability - The Rise of Bottom up Placemaking in post-disaster Japan

    Christian Dimmer  [Invited]

    Guest lecture: National University of Singapore - Course Urban Design Theory and Practice  National University of Singapore, College of Design and Engineering

    Presentation date: 2022.03

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    Linking the concepts of resilience and sustainability for deep adaptation to climate change. For facilitating sustainability transitions and community resilience participatory planning plays a key role.

  • ❒³ LE Minimal Shelter Space: Proposals for Providing Individual Shelters for Evacuation Centers in Japan

    Christian Dimmer, Liz Maly, Astrid Klein, Yoshinori Abe, Hideki Konno  [Invited] [International coauthorship]

    "❒³LE: Minimal Shelter Space" International Competition, Final Jury  (Sendai, Sendai Forus)  Alliance for Humanitarian Architecture

    Presentation date: 2022.01

    Event date:
    2022.01
     
     
  • Facilitating community-to-community Learning: Rural Revitalisation in German and Japan

    Christian Dimmer  [Invited]

    European Innovation CoCreation  (Taipei)  European Innovation CoCreation

    Presentation date: 2022.01

  • Assembling Collective Housing in Urban Japan

    Christian Dimmer  [Invited]

    European Innovation CoCreation  (Taipei)  European Innovation CoCreation

    Presentation date: 2021.12

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    Presenting the emergence and assemblage of new collective forms of living in urban Japan.

  • Bubble Protocol - The Spatialisation of Corona Politics

    Christian Dimmer, Erez Golani Solomon  [Invited] [International coauthorship]

    International Conference: Olympic Games and Global Cities  (Paris)  Co-organised by the Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS, Kyoto Seika University, the Campus Condorcet and the Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris. With the support of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord, Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO).

    Presentation date: 2021.11

    Event date:
    2021.11
    -
    2021.12

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    The Olympic and Paralympic programs took place in 43 venues, primarily in Tokyo and vicinity. Some of the venues were built for the Olympic games from scratch while others, existing arenas, buildings and sites, went through slight modification so that they could be used for the competitions. The construction of all venues was completed before the originally designated start of the games in July 2020. These Olympic venues were mostly ‘waiting’ during the postponement period. But that wasn’t, after all, the end of construction. The later decision in early March 2021 to conduct the Olympic games in a “bubble” form encouraged a second wave of construction projects, at the perimeters of these Olympic venues. Our lecture will show how the construction of an Olympic “bubble” and the promises associated with it allowed decision-makers to stand against a growing pressure to cancel the games. The “bubble” system was, for the decision-makers, a way to demonstrate to an increasingly wary public in Japan that the organisers would be able to contain a possible Olympic sick cluster and prevent the spread of the new delta virus variant into the larger Japanese population, and then, its territory. It was, at the same time, an assurance presented to an anxious world public that the Olympics would not turn into a global superspreader event. The “bubble” system allowed the highest-level Japanese government officials to assure safety through strict spatial separation. The “bubble” construction project directly reflects a position of the Japanese government in its attempt to cope with a global pandemic and is, therefore, highly political. It is “invested with tasks of social control” and reflects an architecturalization of politics. It functions as yet another instance of the Covid-19 ‘lockdown legacy’. The temporary constructions demonstrate how ideas of strict quarantine and safety protocol translated into architectural means.

  • The Spatialisation of Corona Politics during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    Christian Dimmer, Erez Golani Solomon  [Invited] [International coauthorship]

    Project TOT City - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Transformations, City and Citizenship in a Case Study  (Embassy of Switzerland in Japan)  University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), University of Tsukuba (TIAS), National University of Singapore, New York University.

    Presentation date: 2021.11

    Event date:
    2021.11
     
     

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    The Olympic and Paralympic programs took place in 43 venues, primarily in Tokyo and vicinity. Some of the venues were built for the Olympic games from scratch while others, existing arenas, buildings and sites, went through slight modification so that they could be used for the competitions. The construction of all venues was completed before the originally designated start of the games in July 2020. These Olympic venues were mostly ‘waiting’ during the postponement period. But that wasn’t, after all, the end of construction. The later decision in early March 2021 to conduct the Olympic games in a “bubble” form encouraged a second wave of construction projects, at the perimeters of these Olympic venues. Our lecture will show how the construction of an Olympic “bubble” and the promises associated with it allowed decision-makers to stand against a growing pressure to cancel the games. The “bubble” system was, for the decision-makers, a way to demonstrate to an increasingly wary public in Japan that the organisers would be able to contain a possible Olympic sick cluster and prevent the spread of the new delta virus variant into the larger Japanese population, and then, its territory. It was, at the same time, an assurance presented to an anxious world public that the Olympics would not turn into a global superspreader event. The “bubble” system allowed the highest-level Japanese government officials to assure safety through strict spatial separation. The “bubble” construction project directly reflects a position of the Japanese government in its attempt to cope with a global pandemic and is, therefore, highly political. It is “invested with tasks of social control” and reflects an architecturalization of politics. It functions as yet another instance of the Covid-19 ‘lockdown legacy’. The temporary constructions demonstrate how ideas of strict quarantine and safety protocol translated into architectural means.

  • Corporate Branding Center: Assembling Sony's Presence in Ginza

    Christian Dimmer, Erez Golani Solomon[International coauthorship]

    16th International Docomomo Conference Tokyo Japan 2020+1  (Tokyo)  DoCoMoMo Japan

    Presentation date: 2021.09

    Event date:
    2021.08
    -
    2021.09

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    This paper offers a critical re-evaluation of what is arguably the clearest representation of a Japanese consumer electronic and media corporation in architectural form: the ‘Ginza Sony Building’. The paper argues that architect Yoshinobu Ashihara’s 1966 modern masterpiece could be seen as a multilayered assemblage through which a number of distinct modernist traditions have evolved. This aspect of the building, we argue, consolidates more clearly in the present, ironically, only after it has been demolished - in its absence. The building’s status as a modernist icon and, consequently, fame developed gradually since it was opened. But it is a series of recent events and the resulting dynamic that encourages us to revisit the building, with the aim of constructing a wider, more satisfying understanding of its value. The renewed relevance of the ‘Sony Building’, we know in hindsight, was determined when Tokyo was announced as a host for the 2020 Olympics. That announcement in September 2013 was a catalyst for a chain of events that reveals four distinct ‘evolutions’ in which the iconic building plays a distinct role. We discuss the change over time of: [1.] the emergence and presence of Sony in Ginza, [2.] the employment of modern architectural traditions and ideas, [3.]the linkage between Sony’s flagship products and the building, and [4.] the representations of Sony as an architectural form and how it evolved from ‘building’ to ‘park’ and to the expected ‘building-park’. The paper, then, offers a re-reading of the modernist building as non-discrete urban assemblage at the intersection of new technologies for consumer electronics, novel architectural ideas, a Post-War nascent consumer society, and, an urban district that transformed because of the 1964 Games and is currently re-transforming through the Tokyo Olympics. The paper recognizes ‘Sony Building’ as a relevant object of study and repositions it in the current context. It accounts for the main evolutionary traditions and shows how the building encourages their composition.

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Syllabus

Teaching Experience

  • Urban Studies, Transition Design, Place-making Theories and Urban Practices, Public and Private in the City, Urban Studies Methods, Thesis Supervision

    Waseda University, School of International Liberals Studies  

    2021.10
    -
    Now
     

  • Urban Studies, Transition Design, Place-making Theories and Urban Practices, Public and Private in the City

    Waseda University, School of International Liberal Studies  

    2016.04
    -
    2021.03
     

  • Urban Design Theories, Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D Thesis Supervision

    The University of Tokyo, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Urban Preservation Systems  

    2012.04
    -
    2016.03
     

  • Urban Design Theories

    Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies  

    2015.10
    -
    2016.09
     

  • Urban Commons, Modern Modulations of Public and Private in Urban Japan

    Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts  

    2014.10
    -
    2016.09
     

  • Global Urbanism, Public and Private in the City, Sustainable Cities and Architecture

    Waseda University, School of International Liberal Studies  

    2010.10
    -
    2016.03
     

  • Urban Research Methods, Supervising Master's and PhD researches

    The University of Tokyo, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Urban Preservation Systems  

    2010.10
    -
    2012.03
     

  • 3.11 Design Studio: Post-disaster architecture and Urbanism

    Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design  

    2011.08
    -
    2011.10
     

  • Teaching Landscape Design Studios, Organising a study tour to Japan for Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Environmental Planning, Civil Engineering

    Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Environmental Planning, Civil Engineering, Laboratory of Green Space Planning  

    1999.04
    -
    2001.09
     

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Social Activities

  • Alliance for Humanitarian Architecture

    Senior Advisor 

    2016.01
    -
    Now

  • Open Architecture Collaborative, Tokyo Chapter

    Co-Founder, Co-Director 

    2016.03
    -
    2018.03

  • Tohoku Planning Forum, TPF2

    Co-Founder, Co-Director  (Tokyo, Ishinomaki, Kesennuma, Rikuzentakata) 

    2011.11
    -
    2016.12

  • Architecture for Humanity, Tokyo Chapter

    Co-Founder, Co-Director 

    2011.06
    -
    2016.03

  • Teach 3.11

    Multimedia Editor  Teach 3.11 website 

    2011.03
    -
    2012.03

  • #Quakebook

    Member of translator team for the German Issue of the book 

    2011.03
    -
    2011.06

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Media Coverage

  • Tokio - Die Stadt der Zukunft (Tokyo - The City of the Future)

    TV or radio program

    Author: Other  

    Prounen Film   ARD, Bildingskanal Alpha  

    Germany  

    2121.03

  • Tokyo - The big city that is also pleasant to live in

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Noah Sneider   The Economist  

    The United Kingdom  

    2021.12

     View Summary

    Cited among other leading experts on urban Japan, I emphasise the resilience of Tokyo,

    Consider the work of Jane Jacobs, an American urbanist who railed against planning in the 1960s. “Intricate minglings of different uses in cities are not a form of chaos,” she wrote in “The Death and Life of Great American Cit­ies”. “On the contrary, they represent a complex and highly developed form of or­ der.” Tokyo has many qualities she championed, says Mr Dimmer: “Social capital, eyes on streets, self­-management and self­-government, people of many walks of life rubbing elbows in public spaces, a mix of old and new buildings.”

  • Collaborative Happiness: Building the Good Life in Urban Cohousing Communities

    Other

    Kingfisher, Catherine   Collaborative Happiness: Building the Good Life in Urban Cohousing Communities  

    United States of America  

    2021.10

  • Die Technische Universität Kaiserslautern – Das Tor der Wissenschaft nach Japan

    Internet

    Author: Other  

    Wüst, Hanns-Stephan   50 Years Technical University of Kaiserslautern  

    Germany  

    2020.10

  • Community Exchanges between Tokyo and Taipei: Transition Design for Evolving Societies

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Taipei Urban Renewal Office (臺北市都市更新處)   Ways to Community: Collaboration and Placemaking (社區交往:群與眾協作的場所創生) ISBN/ISSN:9789860591750, pp. 272-279  

    Taiwan  

    2019.05

  • Designed without you - Documentary about foreign cyclists in Tokyo

    TV or radio program

    Author: Other  

    Chad Feyen   Studio Feyen  

    Japan  

    2017.11

  • Visiting an Urbanist: Thinking about the city from the fieldwork, Tokyo Transitions co-founder Christian DImmer

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Sugita Mariko   Layout  

    Japan  

    2017.01

  • As Paris Agreement comes into effect, discussing how regional energy can combat climate change: German - Japanese symposium on climate action and regional regeneration

    Newspaper, magazine

    Editorial   New Energy Newspaper, p.2  

    Japan  

    2016.11

  • Japan in Focus: The Shopping Mall Debate

    TV or radio program

    Author: Other  

    Psaltis, Eleni   ABC News Radio - Australian Broadcasting Corporation  

    Australia  

    2016.09

  • Olympic task: Tokyo is already in crisis management mode for 2020 Games

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    McCurry, Justin   The Guardian, Innovative partnerships Public Leaders Network  

    The United Kingdom  

    2016.09

  • Sony demolishes the "face" of the company! Is it the first step towards a new Tokyo, or is it just the normal life of a building?

    Internet

    Author: Other  

    Editorial   Courrier  

    Japan  

    2016.07

  • Tokyo's 50-year itch: why is Sony knocking down its flagship building?

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Smart, Richard   The Guardian, Cities  

    The United Kingdom  

    2016.06

  • Community Organizing in Japan Post Disaster

    Internet

    Author: Other  

    Jacobs, Garrett   Open Architecture Collective: Open Arch Cast Episode 1  

    United States of America  

    2016.04

  • Charting it's course: Five years after 3/11, Tohoku searches for its future direction

    Newspaper, magazine

    Smart, Richard   The Journal, April 2016 Vol. 53, Issue 4, pp. 13-15  

    Japan  

    2016.04

  • Evolving Tokyo

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Smart, Richard   Urban Land Magazine - The Magazine of the Urban Land Institute, March-April Issue., pp. 110-116  

    United States of America  

    2016.03

  • Leben hinter Betonwänden - Fünf Jahre nach dem Tsunami wappnet sich Japan gegen das Meer. (Life behind concrete walls - 5 years after the tsunami Japan is bracing itself against the sea)

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Blaschke, Sonja   NZZ Neue Züricher Zeitung, NZZ am Sonntag  

    Swiss  

    2016.03

  • Die Aufbruchstimmung ist verflogen (5 years after the tsunami little to see of a fresh start)

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    DPA   DPA, Deutsche Presse Agentur (German Press Agency)  

    Germany  

    2016.03

  • Life behind walls - How massive slabs of concrete affect Tohoku communities

    Internet

    Blaschke, Sonja   Number 1 Shimbun, The magazine of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan  

    Japan  

    2016.03

  • Immigration: the missing piece in the Tohoku recovery puzzle?

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    O’Dwyer, Sean   The Japan Times, Voices - Foreign Agenda  

    Japan  

    2016.03

  • Activism in Japan: New Players in the Hood

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Obinger, Julia   Asia & Europe Bulletin, The University of Zürich, No.5, March, p.28-29  

    Swiss  

    2016.03

  • Tokyo and Beyond: Space and Place in Urban Japan

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Hanes, Jeffrey   Journal of Urban History, Vol. 42(5), pp.972–983  

    The United Kingdom  

    2016.02

  • Let's live in downtown Tokyo: community building by citizens supported by German researcher

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Yamamoto Ikuko   Living East Tokyo  

    Japan  

    2015.12

  • Gäste des Deutschen Botschafters: Klimaschutz Rettenbach in Japan, Austausch mit Uni (Guests of the German Ambassador: Rettenbach climate action in Japan, exchange with University)

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Editorial   Allgäuer Zeitung, Nr. 247, Ostallgäu, p.28  

    Germany  

    2015.10

  • Snowmelt experiment with a firewood stove; Village produces double the energy it uses; Symposium with Hakusan City and German Delegation

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Editorial   北陸中日新聞(石川)  

    Japan  

    2015.10

  • New Directions - The Influence of Kenzo Tange on Modern Australian Architecture

    TV or radio program

    Author: Other  

    Sheard, Jacques   Documentary film  

    Australia  

    2015.09

  • Schrumpfende Gemeinden in Japan - Gefahr aus den Geisterhäusern (Shrinking towns in Japan - Dangerous haunted houses)

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Zoll, Patrick   NZZ Neue Züricher Zeitung, Asia Pacific  

    Swiss  

    2015.07

  • German Delegation to visit Shiramine: Community building through renewable energies, Opinion exchange at Kanazawa University

    Newspaper, magazine

    Editorial   北陸中日新聞(石川)  

    Japan  

    2015.07

  • Prince William in Japan: Royal Visit To Tsunami Area and Survivors

    TV or radio program

    Author: Other  

    Mills, Rhiannon   Sky News  

    The United Kingdom  

    2015.02

  • Die Zukunft des Wohnens liegt unterm Meeresspiegel - Architekten planen, künftig Hochhäuser ins Meer zu bauen (The future of housing is underneath the sea - architects are planning skyscrapers under the sea)

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    von der Weiden, Sylvia   Die Welt, Wissenschaft  

    Germany  

    2015.02

  • Condo to loom over samurai graves in Japan, spurring protest

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Kageyama, Yuri   AP American Press Agency (story appeared also in Washington Times and others)  

    United States of America  

    2015.01

  • Ocean Spiral: Japanese firm plans underwater city powered by seabed

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    McCurry, Justin   The Guardian, sec. World News  

    The United Kingdom  

    2014.11

  • Will Tokyo's Capsule Tower dodge the wrecking ball? These tiny apartments were built to be replaced so why are their residents fighting to save them?

    Internet

    Author: Other  

    Editorial   Phaidon Publishers, website  

    Internet  

    2014.10

  • Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules - Nakagin Capsule Tower threatened by Demolition

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Forster, Katie   AFP - Agence France-Presse  

    France  

    2014.10

  • Supporting Community Development, learning from the Actual Conditions - German Students visit Koizumi Bay

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Editorial   Sanriko Shinpo  

    Kesennuma, Japan  

    2014.09

  • After the Deluge: Tsunami and the Great Wall of Japan

    Newspaper, magazine

    McCurry, Justin; McNeill David   The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus, Volume 12, Issue 30, Number 1, Article ID 4152  

    Japan  

    2014.07

  • Three years since Japan's disaster: Communities remain scattered and suffering

    Internet

    Author: Other  

    Editorial   Science Daily  

    Internet  

    2014.06

  • Growing City: The realities of growing food in a City like Tokyo

    TV or radio program

    Author: Other  

    Sugihara, Nick   Independant film production  

    Japan  

    2014.05

  • Ishinomaki: new communities rise from tsunami's devastating divisons

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    McCurry, Justin   The Guardian  

    The United Kingdom  

    2014.01

  • The Olympics of the Future

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Tabuchi, Hiroko   The New York Times, sec. Business Day / International Business  

    United States of America  

    2013.11

  • Special Report: Japan after the Storm

    Newspaper, magazine

    Sumner, Yuki   The Architectural Review, Issue 1397, Volume CCXXXIV, July 2013, pp. 91-97  

    The United Kingdom  

    2013.07

  • Tohoku: The Road to Recovery, In: ‘Integrated Urban Solutions - The future of our sustainable cities

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Nichols, Katie   Urban Development Projects, World Cities Summit 2012 Exclusive Edition, pp. 28-31  

    Singapore  

    2012.07

  • From disasters locally, Japan can evolve globally

    Other

    Author: Other  

    Camargo Orlando   Reconstructing 3/11: Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown – how Japan’s future depends on its understanding of the 2011 triple disaster – an eBook  

    Japan  

    2012.03

  • Town building in which everybody can take part : Global Examples

    Promotional material

    Author: Other  

    Takezawa Eriko   Ginza Town Building Conference  

    Japan  

    2012.03

  • Planning for Sustainable Asian Cities: The 11th APSA International Congress, Tokyo, 2011

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Zhu, Qian   The Town Planning Review Vol. 83, No. 2 (2012), pp. 261-267  

    The United Kingdom  

    2012.02

  • Teach 3.11: Participatory Educational Project Puts the Kanto-Tōhoku Disaster into Historical Context

    Other

    Author: Other  

    Onaga, Lisa   East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, Volume 5, 2011 - Issue 3: 417-422  

    United States of America  

    2011.05

  • Japanese protest plans for downtown Nike park

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Kageyama, Yuri   AP American Press Agency (story appeared also in Japan Times, Forbes and others)  

    Japan  

    2010.09

  • Tokyo: Race for the Eastern Cosmopolis

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Hodgson, Deborah   Newsweek 6-30, pp. 26-37  

    United States of America  

    2004.06

  • Der Landfriedhof: Entwicklung, Gestaltung, Recht und Pflege (Rural Cemeteries: Development, Design, Regulations and Maintenance )

    Other

    Author: Other  

    Wüst, Hanns-Stephan   Universität Kaiserslautern. Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Landschafts- und Grünordnungsplanung  

    Germany  

    2000.03

  • Competition short list: Fackelwoog-Schlosswiese-Pfalztheater, Kaiserslautern

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Editorial   Wettbewerbe Aktuell (Vol. 30), 3 pp. 35-40  

    Freiburg  

    2000.03

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