Co-creative workshop ‘Rethinking the future of machiya’
What I found out in this short period, in these two months, is that the people in and outside Kyoto are trying to save their cultural heritage in many different ways as best as they can. To give these people an extra boost in their amazing efforts to find new ways to save machiya’s I organized a co-creative workshop using design thinking to help each other to re-think the future of machiya’s.
The participants of the workshop ‘Rethinking the future of kyo machiya’ were all somehow related to machiya: as an owner, architect, restoration specialist or otherwise. As the workshops’ model was based on design thinking, and full of small exercises or ‘games’, we’ve put our laptops away. And we got out magazines, paper, scissors, markers, post-it notes and large pieces of paper. One of the final games of the workshop was creating a cover story to help prototyping some futuristic ideas. This game is a great exercise in visioning. The participants were divided in groups of four and were asked to create a coverstory. They had to envision a future state that is so stellar that it landed kyo machiya on the cover of a newspaper.
By pretending as though this future has already taken place the ideas started flowing. It ranged from creating funerals for machiya’s, to exporting machiya’s to China recreating a ‘Little Japan’ overseas. The workshop was a great way not only to encourage people to “think big,” but it also can actually plant the seeds for a future that perhaps wasn’t possible before imagining these ‘crazy’ possible futures.
The presentation of the insights I shared can be found on Prezi.