DVD「代官山の魅力の源泉」:DVD “Sources for Attractiveness of Daikanyama” [コメント]

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DVD「代官山の魅力の源泉」:“Sources for Attractiveness of Daikanyama”
制作:代官山ステキな街づくり協議会:Produced by Daisuki Kai
97 分(2006年11月): 97 minutes (November 2006)



Review of DVD "Sources for Attractiveness of Daikanyama"
This is a valuable document to review the history of Daikanyama community development from the 1930s up to date and also to overview the business and community activities of this town. There are a number of interesting interviews with such important persons as Mr. Fumihiko Maki (architect), Mr. Kengo Asakura (Hillside Terrace), Mr. Fram Kitagawa (Art Front Gallery), Mr. Soichiro Taniguchi (Daikanyama Address), Mr. Hiromitsu Yamashita (long-time resident) as well as some of those who are living and/or working in Daikanyama.
It is worth noting that Mr. Maki intended to build Hillside Terrace as something “gentle” in space and with composure, especially in twilight, somewhat like Mayfair district in London, and Mr. Kitagawa appreciates a “good” balance, in his view, between shops and residents in Daikanyama, which has so far survived the wave of high-rise redevelopment resulting from deregulation in the Tokyo area.
Interestingly, however, a few contractions and conflicts can be found in various statements of those participants in community development, probably reflecting potential difficulties and challenges that Daikanyama is currently facing. The following are some examples:

1) While Hillside Terrace is highly regarded by Mr. Asakura and many others as a symbol of the nice Daikanyama life style, old-timers such as Mr. Yamashita and Mr. Horii (restaurant “Suezen”) do not appreciate Hillside Terrance too much, but rather prefer old residential quarters to such modern buildings – there is no consensus on what is nice about Daikanyama.
2) Mr. Kitagawa and Mr. Taniguchi point out the desirable effect of business development, especially opening of nice shops, to revitalize the economic and community activities in Daikanyama, but old-timers as well as urban planners such as Mr. Sadaharu Ishihara (Daisuki Kai member) emphasize the importance of residents who are contributing to the vitality of Daikanyama – The sense of balance between business and residence differs from individual to individual.
3) As clearly stated by both Mr. Taniguchi and Mr. Yamashita themselves, they initially disagreed over the development of Daikanyama Address, but later Mr. Taniguchi was able to persuade Mr. Yamashita and other long-time residents in the neighborhood to go along with the development – however, there is no clear explanation as to what made Mr. Yamashita and other old-timers change their mind.
4) In the concluding part, Mr. Yamashita emphasizes that new residents as well as original residents of Daikanyama Address should be grateful to old-timers in the surrounding neighborhoods for patience and support to maintain the nice Address living, whereas Prof. Yoshiaki Noro is asking a question, mainly on behalf of the residents of Daikanyama Address, whether it is still such a burden on neighboring communities – it is not clear at all what can and should be done by Daikanyama Address residents to repay their debt, if any, to the surrounding neighborhoods as a model for other similar redevelopment projects in the future.
This DVD is really worth viewing in order to feel these issues first hand. Hopefully, there will be a sequel to this DVD, to be entitled “Real Challenges for Daikanyama,” which could offer some answers to the questions above.

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