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+ After Landscape

Shibitachi is the site of a joint design research project currently undertaken by Hiroshi Ota Lab at the University of Tokyo and Marieluise Jonas RMIT University. The project works with the local community leaders and has conducted a number of design workshops with the community that aim to re-build Shibitachi’s infrastructure, port, roads and evacuation network. The Design Research Studio 18 months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami the design research studio will engage with the medium of time as a predominant factor of contingency in design. Exposing students to the effect of the event, moment, contingency and uncertainty the studio will offer immediate experience and involvement in the Shibitachi project.


+ TokyoVoid

The TV project is currently active and growing in Tokyo.
Through design interventions spaceTAG and spaceambassador studyscape is currently investigating the
possibility of QR code technology as mapping and branding tool.

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Various void spaces in Tokyo were tagged with coded objects that link the voids to TOKYOVOID.com
spaceambassadors are working similarly in a number of void spaces.
Message tags with QR codes link to TOKYOVOID.com and contain the message
to spread the spaceambassadors throughout Tokyo to highlight the
potential of Tokyos void space for open space in the vast and dense metropolis.

space tag in action space ambassador space tag
Tagged Void in Tokyo, 2010. Space Ambassador, 2010.


+ MelbourneVoid

MelbourneVoid is a landscape architecture research project that seeks to recover temporary vacant spaces as integral parts of the urban landscape to provide strategies to balance the pressure of rapid urbanization on publicly accessible green space. The research investigates conditions, use, perception and potential of vacant spaces in rapidly transforming cities for sustainable regeneration.
As part of course work at RMIT and Melbourne Universities we are currently transforming a vacant site in Melbourne's CBD into an Urban Laboratory for design research in landscape architecture. The MelbourneVoid blog keeps track of the activities on site and documents the research project.


+ QRioCity Melbourne

QRioCity explores the interactive quality and potential of linking built environment
with cyberspace through designed coded objects and installations.
QRioCity was part of the State of Design Festival 2010 throughout inner Melbourne. 

Decode QR [Quick Response] codes with a camera equipped smart phone.
We like the i-nigma reader and the zxing code generator.

Project Images |
Design Team | QRiocity Concept


+ Selected Publications

Journals/ Magazines

2004 zoll plus generalist betonart LAA

Book chapters


2012 Jonas, M. 'small urban ecologies: the secret lives of Tokyo's urban weeds'
In D. Radovic (Ed.), small Tokyo, Flick studio, pp. 40-48

2012 Rahmann, H. 'S, XS, XXS - Designing for the public'
In D. Radovic (Ed.), small Tokyo, Flick studio, pp. 72-80

2011 Jonas, M. 'Oku. The notion of interior in Tokyo’s urban landscape.'
In R. Hinkel (Ed.), Urban Interior. Informal explorations, interventions and occupations. Spurbuch Verlag, pp. 99-110

2010 M.Jonas 'Tokios informelle Gaerten. Fliessend, grenzend oder raeumlich?'
[Tokyo’s informal gardens: floating, surrounding or spatial?]
In A. Havermann, U. Berding , J. Pegels & B. Perenthaler (Ed.), Stadtraeume in Spannungsfeldern [Urban Spaces - Tension Spaces]: stadt | entwicklung ed., Detmold: Verlag Dorothea Rohn, pp. 177-189.

05/2009 M.Jonas 'On Guerrilla Gardening'
in: Landscape Architecture Australia, Issue 122 May 2009

02/2009 H. Rahmann 'Hard- and Softscapes in Japanese Landscapes' Interview (in Turkish)
in: BetonArt 21, February 2009 Link

12/2008 M. Jonas 'Master Student' [MeisterSchüler]
in: Generalist - Magazin für Architektur, No.1, December 2008 Contents

06/2008 M. Jonas 'potscape. Gärtnern in Tokyo', [potscape. Japanese gardens revisited]
in: Zoll+ Österreichische Schriftenreihe für Landschaft und Freiraum, No. 12, June 2008
The english translation of the paper can be found here

06/2008 H. Rahmann 'Cats and the city. Katzenquartiere in Tokyo' [Cats and the city. Cat quarters in Tokyo]
in: Zoll+ Österreichische Schriftenreihe für Landschaft und Freiraum, No. 12, June 2008

04/2008 M. Jonas 'Hybrid Landscapes of Tokyo's Informal Gardens - Case Study Yanaka.'
in: Another Tokyo - Places and Practices of Urban Resistance, edited by Darko Radovic. Tokyo: ichii shobou, 2008.

04/2008 H. Rahmann. 'Small is beautiful(?) Exploring Tokyo's Public Open Spaces.'
in: Another Tokyo - Places and Practices of Urban Resistance, edited by Darko Radovic. Tokyo: ichii shobou, 2008.

11/2007 M. Jonas 'Private use of Public Open Space in Tokyo- a Study on the Hybrid Landscape of Tokyo's Informal Gardens'
in: JoLA- Journal of Landscape Architecture autumn 2007 pdf. excerpt

07/2007 H. Rahmann 'Landscape Architecture in Japan', Topos 59

03/2004 M. Jonas, H. Rahmann 'Freiraumplanung im Justizvollzug', [Landscape architecture in penitentiaries] GrünForumLA
The article [in German] can be found here

+ Persons

Heike Rahmann, PhD

Founding Director studyscape
Currently Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne School of Design
Ph.D. (Architecture) The University of Tokyo
Thesis: Small is Beautiful ? The role of space in Landscape Design.

Marieluise Jonas, PhD
Founding Director studyscape
Currently Program Director in Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University Melbourne, Australia
RMIT Landscape Architecture
Ph.D. (Civil Engineering) The University of Tokyo
Thesis: potscape. A study on the hybrid landscape of Tokyo’s informal gardens.(summary)



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