Danish girl creates Post A Letter event in Tokyo


Join us @ Greed on Thursday the 30st of July.
Pop-up post office & letter-writing station at café Greed in Shibuya. Donations appreciated :)
PAL SAC stands for Post A Letter Social Activity Club; We set up a ‘stationary bar’ where we encourage you to forget your smartphones and screens for an hour and write a handwritten letter to anyone you like, with a bunch of other letter-writing people.

Read more about PAL SAC here: http://postaletter.tumblr.com/

Greed, 富ヶ谷 (Tomigaya), 1-43-7, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0063.

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Nightscape 2050: A Dialogue between Cities.Light.People in the Future

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The subject of light and lighting is more relevant than ever, as evidenced by the UNESCO global celebration of 2015 as the International Year of Light. The exhibition “Nightscape 2050” by Lighting Planners Associates (LPA) explores the interactions between people, light, and cities in the year 2050. For LPA the word “nightscape” does not only refer to the evening view, but also includes the individual: “nightscape = humans and cities at night.”

The emergence of new light sources such as LEDs, OLEDs, and lasers as well as the evolution of lighting-control technology in the 21st century may dramatically change our living environment. At the same time, numerous natural disasters, manmade disasters, and environmental changes have forced a discussion on how to approach energy consumption including how to power lighting.

There are both optimistic and pessimistic views on the interactions between humans and the use of light. Endlessly evolving optical technologies have provided us not only the convenience but also the pleasure of freely manipulating light and shadow. On the other hand, the use of artificial light has greatly impacted the circadian rhythm of humans and animals, and we now face the problem of light pollution nearly everywhere. How can lighting design contribute to the creation of “wonderful light enjoyed by all people”? What is the outlook for our lighting environment in 2050?

With this travelling exhibition “Nightscape 2050” and on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 2015, LPA seeks to spark a worldwide dialogue on light and its future development. Beginning at Aedes in Berlin, this dialogue will then proceed to the cities where LPA has its offices: Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

The exhibition explains LPA’s engagement and raises questions surrounding the world of light and lighting design. Seven chapters explore the company’s ongoing dialogue with nature and nightscapes around the world, through workshops and symposiums held with colleagues and children, and present its visionary scenarios for 2050. Additionally, LPA will present a timeline of architectural lighting design, an overview of the company’s projects, as well as its latest monograph, “LPA 1990–2015.” On display will be LPA’s creations for the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo / Japan, the Sendai Mediatheque in Miyagi / Japan, the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial / Japan, the Lighting Masterplan for Singapore’s City Centre / Singapore, the Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali / Indonesia, the Garden by the Sea in Bay South / Singapore, the Prefectural Art Museum in Oita / Japan, and others.

LPA is an organization of lighting specialists established in 1990 in Tokyo, Japan by lighting designer Kaoru Mende. Its goal is to design and build outstanding lighting environments that enrich our architectural and lighting culture. LPA has collaborated with internationally renowned architects such as WOHA, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, and Shigeru Ban and participated in over 500 projects, largely in Asia. The firm handles a wide range of projects, from residential, hotel, commercial, public spaces and landscapes to large-scale urban lighting projects, and has received numerous international lighting design awards. LPA actively promotes the appreciation of lighting culture and public awareness of good lighting through talks, workshops, and public forums for people aged 9 to 90 through its non-profit wing, the ‘Lighting Detectives’.

Speaking at the opening:

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Kaoru Mende, Lighting Planners Associates (LPA), Tokyo

Exhibition: 8 August – 1 October 2015

Opening: Friday, 7 August 2015, 6:30 pm

Aedes Am Pfefferberg, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Opening hours: Di-Fr 11 bis 18.30 Uhr, Sa-So 13 bis 17 Uhr

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70 Jahre Atombomben auf Hiroshima und Nagasaki


This year will mark 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On 25th July the memorial ceremony will be held at Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Platz, in front of Truman’s residence where the then U.S. president Harry Truman made the final decision to drop the atomic bombs in Japan.

Programs on 25th July 2015:

15:00 – 18:00
“Thousand origami cranes”* und “Tōrō”(lantern in Japanese) workshop
Place: Projekthaus Potsdam InWole、Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 164(S-Bahn Griebnitzsee)

19:00 –
Memorial ceremony
Place: Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Platz, corner of Karl-Marx-Str. / August-Bebel-Str.
opposite of Karl-Marx-Str. 2 in Potsdam-Babelsberg (S-Bahn Griebnitzsee, Bus 694 “Hiroshima-Platz”)

Releasing lanterns to remeber the victims
Place: Griebnitzsee landing plance in front of S-Bahn Griebnitzsee

*”Thousand origami cranes” Wikipedia English https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_origami_cranes
**”Tōrō nagashi” Wikipedia English https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tōrō_nagashi
Hiroshima-Platz-Potsdam e.V. http://www.hiroshima-platz-potsdam.de,
Landeshauptstadt Potsdam, Bürgermeister für den Frieden, Mayors
for Peace, Oberbürgermeister Jann Jakobs, http://www.mayorsforpeace.de,
ICAN Deutschland – international campaign to abolish nuclear
weapons – http://www.icanw.de , IPPNW e.V. – Internationale Ärzte für die
Verhütung des Atomkrieges – Ärzte in sozialer Verantwortung e.V.,
Projekthaus InWoLe, SPI – LINDENPARK, Thalia Filmtheater Babelsberg,
Friedensglockengesellschaft Berlin, Potsdam-Per Pedales
e.V., Bürgerinitiative Griebnitzsee für alle, der deutsch-japanischen
Gesellschaft Berlin

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