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Spontaneous Lecture: Ondesign

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are collaborating with Atelier Fanelsa, NION architects and friends. They continue their SPONTANEOUS LECTURE series, this time with Yoichi Koizumi from the architecture practice ondesign based in Yokohama, Japan.

As the title suggests it is not a long scheduled event with a large agenda, but rather an improvised format to learn more about the approach of the invited speaker and to start a discussion on basis of the exchanged ideas. The event will be held in English.

Bottom-up actions are becoming popular in Japanese urban development: workshops with citizens, DIY approach social experiment in public spaces, using tactical urbanism, and place-making methods. But on the other hand, brand new skyscrapers appear suddenly and huge redevelopment projects begin every month without citizen’s will. Static old master plans that were agreed decades ago are carried out merely in order to conform even though people no longer want it. Yoichi Koizumi is very curious to know how situations in Berlin is and would like to discuss the future of our city with us. “Can citizens’ participation and action change the big economic and political masterplan?”

Yoichi Koizumi was born in Gumma prefecture, Japan in 1985. He studied architecture at Yokohama National University and graduated there in 2010.Yoichi is working at the architects’ office Ondesign partners (CEO: Osamu Nishida) based in Yokohama. The company has 40 architects (called partners) and has a flat relationship between all partners, working in various types of projects.

In 2011, he joined the launch of ISHINOMAKI 2.0, a grassroots activity for upgrading Ishinomaki-city in the Tohoku region, where the huge Tsunami from the Great East Japan Earthquake. He lived there about four years and did many urban trials – making a shared office, guesthouse, dancehall, free paper, food events, cycling tour etc. Then, he studied a method of workshop design, because he wants to involve more citizens in public issues. Now, he works for several projects such as from small renovation to urban scale area management among many cities in Japan.


August 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Atelier Fanelsa
Bergfriedstr. 17
Berlin, 10969