INDUCTIVE EVOLUTION of MODERNOLOGY - Multiple eyes constructed by citizens as researchers
INDUCTIVE EVOLUTION of MODERNOLOGY – Multiple eyes constructed by citizens as researchers – 考现学的归纳演化 RAD (Research for Architectural Domain) In 1927, Wajiro KON, Scholar of folklore and architecture, and his colleagues announced a new study called “Modernology”. They literally collected the records of various objects in the modern city using their own eyes and hands. By being statistically processed and analyzed, those records showed the real figures of the modern city and lives. For technological limitations, the results were also limited. However, now that it may be possible to refine the “Modernology” as an indication of “Eyes of the City”.
We will develop the toolkits to access the various environmental happenings in the city and to collect data. While using the toolkits, we improve and verify the efficacy. This will be a powerful tool for people to understand the city and get involved in the changing urban environments. We will examine what kind of psychological and physical effect this will have on people as refractions.
At the same time, it could also indicate the alternative concept of “Eyes of the City” followed by “eyes on the street” by Jane Jacobs. In other words, we could discover the potential of the “Eyes of the City” which will be diversified by the citizens as researchers? It means that the “Eyes of the City” is not a centralized control by a single subject but “rights to the city” of every citizen. The realization of multiple urban eyes would lead the development of the more attractive urban spaces.
Overlaying the layer of “research” on the daily lives of people, this research will show the possibility of the “citizens as researchers” who actively engage to the urban situation and try to collect various data and information of the city. We aim to realize the possibilities of “citizen as researcher” who have their own physical bodies compared to the static devices such as surveillance cameras.
This research will amplify the potentials of Modernology to the present age and look at the future where AI and citizens as researcher (the same with eyes of the city) work together.
During the exhibition, we will conduct a collection using toolkits developed in Shenzhen and launch results. Through this participatory research, the potential of the citizen as a city researcher will be more visible.
Credits: Shinichi Kawakatsu (Lead Researcher), Hiroki Hori, Mari Hamaie, Yusuke Kurazono, Masaru Iwasaka, Fumika Kitahara.
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