Urban Conversion

And another way of looking at urban rewewal (from REALTOKYO):

The “R-project” dealing with “potential buildings” that Baba Masataka has been writing about in his entries in RT’s “Tokyo Editors’ Diary” has taken up serious operation. The ambitious idea is to reform in a physical way the evaluation of “life in the city” by converting empty buildings in hollow areas across Tokyo into appartments, ateliers, galleries, cafes, etc. To begin with, this walking tour of central Tokyo’s eastern part is a chance for a personal inspection of concrete objects “before and after.” After the excursion, RT invites you to have a drink or two while listening to some of the project’s core members’ reports at another volume of the “RT BAR.” Participants are limited to 30 people, applications can be made by email.