At that moment, in Paris reveals cities as they are represented
in comics and manga all over the world. It is part of our urban landscape
introduction to comics as means of urban investigation - since 1997,
e.g. including issues published in the Dutch magazine for landscape
architecture and urban planning Blauwe Kamer.
disclose urban landscapes as they are, and as they are perceived.
Comics reveal the reality of cities, of perceptions of everyday
urban existence. Comics constitute perceived realities. They allow
grasp urban life, to understand it. To taste urban flavour and
imagine urban noises and vibrations.
In his project ‘Urban Landscape’ Rob van der Bijl explores
the analytical power of comics. This is not a well-planned, top-down
approach, nor a scientific exercise. But it is a bottom-up, opportunistic
use of comics as heuristic tool, that allows creative explorations
of urban landscape.
Tokyo serves as the project’s topic of investigation.
This metropolis is a true laboratory of urbanism. Tokyo is a melting
pot of urban landscapes, and world capitol of comics and ‘manga’.