New Town Commonalities

In his lecture Masatake Shinohare will argue that commonality needs to be understood as a series of intangible atmospheres accommodating the breathing, walking and talking of people. He will develop this idea through a theoretical investigation of the socio-spatial qualities of Japanese style New Towns, which he describes as ‘stasis’, ‘hollow’ and ‘parallysis’. These qualities offer an entrance to a more advanced consideration of the concept of commonality. 

Masatake Shinohara is philosopher, teaching at Osaka University. He recently published the book On the Lived NewTown, Philosophy of Future Space (2015).