Shitamachi as an assembled character in Nezu, Tokyo

Milica MUMINOVIC, Jorge Almazan, Darko Radovic

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    This paper focuses on a specific urban situation in the precinct of Nezu, Tokyo, and uses assemblage theory to create an approach for its analysis. In spite of the change in the built landscape, Nezu has preserved its historical character. This suggests a different kind of preservation, one which is not based on the conservation of buildings. This study employs assemblage theory in order to clarify aspects that contribute to the preservation of this character. Assemblage theory is used as a toolbox to understand places through relationships between buildings rather than the buildings themselves. This paper develops a method for analysis of the physical structure, and focuses on the domestic, closeness, and neighbourhood feelings as main characteristics of the shitamachi Edo atmosphere of Nezu. This method is based on the application of assemblage theory through the visual analysis of streets and public-private interface patterns. The results show that the structure of the public-private interface in Nezu is one part of the assemblage which creates intensities and contributes to the sense of domestic, closeness and neighbourhood as the main elements that preserve the shitamachi character.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)365-372
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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