Trans-local Magazine : 
-able City / エイブルシティ
When cities turn citizens into "users", whose city is it?
The urban ecosystem is undergoing major changes due to population growth and the increasing role of giant tech companies such as Google and Alibaba. In such times, how do we live, work and play in the city?

The main theme of the first issue is the "-able city", as in a city where it is possible to do things: a walkable, edible, playable, hackable, protectable… We explore what kind of cities can enhance the prospects of urban citizens through research in Barcelona, Amsterdam and Nara.

How can citizens live proactively by making the best of a community and resources of a city?  What can we do to update our cities by working with new technologies without getting trapped in the past? From a walkable city to a playable one, we explore the practices of how a city can enable citizens living there.
MOMENT 1 : -able City
Issued by : RE:PUBLIC
Published:May 31st, 2019
Size:182×257mm (B5)
Page Number:82
ISBN : 978-4-9910759-0-2
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Featured Content 1
Transforming a car-oriented city into a pedestrian-oriented one with Superblocks.
Superblocks, a project that began in Barcelona, aims to tackle the car’s hegemony in urban areas. By limiting car use, the Superblocks generate new public spaces. They allow citizens, who are reframed as pedestrians needing to move from A to B, to engage actively with their cities in a pleasurable and healthy way.

In the past few years, Superblocks have been implemented all over the world, to great acclaim. We interview Salvador Rueda, who is behind Superblocks and also the co-founder of BCNecologia.
Featured Content 2
Prototyping the future of self sufficient city through the Green Fablab.
Green Fablab
Leave Barcelona’s bustling city center behind and drive north for twenty minutes, and you will find yourself in a deep forest. Why has the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), a world-leading university in the field of architecture, started research here deep in the woods?

We interviewed Jonathan Minchin, Coordinator of Green Fab Lab Valldaura, and Tomas Diez, Director of IAAC. Together we explore how a city can provide energy, food and infrastructure in a circular way for a fully sufficient city.
Featured Content 3
A Fab Lab creating an industry in a small Japanese town of 4000 people.
Fab Lab Aso Minami-Oguni
Known for its hot springs, the town of Minami-Oguni is spread out on a wide plateau surrounded by mountains. The town built a Fab Lab here in 2017. With a population of just 4,000 people, the number of public facilities in this town is obviously limited. So what brought a fab lab, something that is usually found in cities or universities, to this little town?

What did they have to overcome to create a new industry with the local cedar trees to support the city?  We sat down to talk with Mizuki Suzutani, the lab’s fab master, and Shunsuke Anai, and the president of Foreque Inc., which operates Fab Lab Aso Minami-Oguni, to answer these questions.
p 3.  Welcome to MOMENT: a Translocal Magazine
— Ryo Shirai

p 4. Towards the -able City: Whose City is it Anyway?
     — Hiroshi Tamura

p 8.  Ecosystemic Urbanism: BCNecologia Director Salvador Rueda

p 21. Sketch of the -able City

p 24. Far from the City
   TRIP 1: Green Fablab
   TRIP 2: Fablab Aso Minami-Oguni
p 42. Fab City: Locally productive, globally connected
    OPINION 1: Tomas Diez
   OPINION 2: Hiroya Tanaka

p 47. Good Job! Center KASHIBA: A place for "Inter-clusion"
Shizuka Morishita + Taro Okabe + Shuji Iijima

p 56. How collectives can drive collaborative citymaking
— A talk with Martijn de Waal : Sophie Knight

p 64. Citizen Sensing: What impact will data have on our daily lives in the future?  — Mara Balestirini

p 68. Thinking about the playability of cities through street debating
     — Tomo Kihara
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Why we started moment.
Welcome to MOMENT: a Translocal Magazine
Today we live in a world where an unprecedented amount of information is shared and exchanged. Wherever you are, a single click can deliver you almost anything, and people who have never met can find each other, regardless of what distance separates them.

However, in exchange for these conveniences, we now find ourselves living in virtual villages, which are social enclaves where people share the same opinion. And the chasms between the countless “villages” that exist today are wider and deeper than ever before.

At one time the Internet promised to free us from the familiar surroundings of our small towns and local communities, but decades later we have ended up back where we started, in these strange but comfortable virtual villages where we are not physically local to each other but nevertheless live sheltered lives online and off. What are we to do now? Attempt once again to build another utopian commune?

Luckily, we have culture, technology, and other assets in hand. What we need to gain is perhaps a new point of view on how these assets could help us imagine and act beyond the claustrophobic localism that defines online life today.

In MOMENT, we call this ‘trans-local’. To be trans-local is to be deeply connected to a community close at hand while being still invested in what’s happening beyond the horizon. For the trans-localist there is not a single “local” that is pitted against all others, but a network of overlapping local communities that each of us participates in.

By ‘local’, we mean the town you live in or the workplace or school you commute to every day; It could be the community to which you belong, whether it’s one centered around hobbies, your
profession, or your industry. The trans-localist is distinguished by the locales they participate in, but not defined by them. They appreciate the local, but are not afraid of other locales, or the unknown. Like a sailor connecting one port to another, the trans-localist weaves meaning by exploring new horizons and contexts.

On our own, we can only induce a very tiny shift. But we're connected to others, and as we change we make that change visible to those around us. What you do helps your neighbor decide what they might do, and what they do helps their neighbor make decisions. In this way, your actions make ripples which eventually will turn into a great wave.

MOMENT wishes to be a magazine for people who embody the trans-local. By the time you have read through, you will feel more hopeful: there are other people around the world who are also working in small communities, experiencing the same struggles and triumphs as you. And hopefully, one day, we will create momentum together.

June 2019 — Ryo Shirai
Issued by:RE:PUBLIC
Editor in Chief : Ryo Shirai
Editorial Team : Fumiko Ichikawa, Yumiko Matsumaru
Yuki Uchida, Ryota Kamio, Sophie Knight , Tomo Kihara
Supervisor of Translation : Sophie Knight

Design : Shohei Iida, Yuki Shimooka
Illustration : Toshikazu Hirai
Web Design and Development :Tomo Kihara
Feature Content1- PHOTOGRAPHS : Sandro Arabyan & Anna Beltri
Feature Content 2 - PHOTOGRAPHS : Sandro Arabyan
Feature Content 3 - PHOTOGRAPHS : Azusa Shigenobu
Magazine Video : Nanako Ono
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