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AXIS vol.188

August 2017
Cover Photographer: Taro Hirano
Feature
Feature

The future of venues

Clues for ideal future venues are explored from the latest cases in design that place the human being in the center and serve as various points of connection while focusing on weaving new relationships between people, information, and society.

Leaders
Leaders

Yoshihide Otomo [Musician]

Many readers may associate the name Yoshihide Otomo with the TV serial drama titled Ama-chan that aired during 2013. He composed and produced the music for the successful drama, but before then Otomo had also been called a "lone improvisational noise musician." He is a guitarist, a turntable player, and also a guest director for Sapporo International Art Festival 2017. Yoshihide Otomo whose activity transcends genres is full of creativity precisely because he positions music as his axis.

Insight
Insight

Overturning 100 years of conventional wisdom—Air Free Concept

Is it "only natural" that tires contain air? Bridgestone has developed an airless tire called Air Free Concept that alleviates worries about punctures and air pressure. This dream tire is being realized first as a bicycle tire.

Insight
Insight

Polishing local gems—An initiative by Airbnb

Civita di Bagnoregio is an Italian village with a history going back to the 13th century. Airbnb has opened an artist enclave called Casa d'Artista by restoring a building in this sparsely populated village surrounded by cliffs. This is a first step towards turning a tourist attraction into a new cultural hub.

Insight
Insight

How can we explore Blockchain Book? An experiment by Google Creative Lab Sydney's Tea Uglow

Books you have finished reading may be passed on to your offspring or taken to a used book store, but with electronic books, their ownership is rather uncertain to begin with. Books from "Editions at Play" launched by Google this spring are part of a project that uses the distributed database Blockchain, which is the core technology behind Bitcoin. Its developer, Tea Uglow, questions the future of electronic books through her experiment.