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    Tokyo's urban landscapes and Japanese landscape design on topic at Sydney symposium

    Nathan Johnson

    Dr Heike Rahmann, a landscape architecture and design researcher at Melbourne's RMIT University will be delivering a public talk on Tokyo’s urban landscape at The Japan Foundation Gallery.

    Organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Rahmann’s talk titled 'Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence' will take place on Saturday 14th March 2-3pm.

    Based on her recent co-authored book, Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence (2014), Rahmann’s talk explores the conceptions and uses of temporary vacant space in the dense urban landscape of Tokyo.

    Rahmann explains that Tokyo's urban landscape is full of contradictions as it is not only a densely packed megalopolis, but also home to thousands of vacant spaces. Though vacant spaces are often discounted and undervalued, they are actually integral and valuable aspects of urban space. A key objective of the book, and the talk, is to encourage a renewed appreciation of the imperfect and flexible.

    'Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence' runs alongside the 'Mono no aware: The Poignancy of Things' exhibition of photography by Brett Boardman at The Japan Foundation Gallery, 26th February – 11th April 2015.

    These events run in conjunction with Art Month 2015 and The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum NOW presented by ANZ.

    The Japan Foundation Gallery is located at Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008.

    Admission is free, RSVP essential.

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