In their attempt to ‘japanize’ the world, Daigo Ishii and Future-scape Architects had something in mind: exchange the parts possible to exchange. Add the elements possible to add. Then, can New York, Paris or Venezia turn into Tokyo? As Ishii explains, “in the Tokyolization Project even a city that has no connection with Tokyo and which locality is far from Tokyo may enable to make the image of the city metamorphose easily by exchanging the ephemeral parts possible to exchange into the elements found in Tokyo and change into Tokyo.”
On Fifth Avenue of New York, the scenery of the similar commercial district biggest in Tokyo, Shinjuku, was overlaid. Boca of Buenos Aires is in the district for the lower class worker. Only this street was opened to tourists but the surrounding has a miserable atmosphere with a dangerous air. On that, the district full of various colors like Boca but many “kawaii ( cute or pretty)” things unlike Boca, Harajuku, was overlaid to change such negative air into a bright air by adding kawaii things.
Piazza San Marco is the most sacred place in Venezia. On that, elements found in various religious facilities like a temple or a shrine and in the Place Plaza of Tokyo. At first, the pavement of stone was covered with a sand little by little. In Japan, the ground of a sacred place is covered with a sand and a pine is planted. The different sacred scenery was overlaid on that of Venezia.
Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016