chris berthelsen

chris berthelsen bw

[mairangi bay, auckland, new zealand]

Tokyo is a crowded metropolis, but you can still pick fruit from trees on public land, a returning academic says.

Chris Berthelsen, 35, is back home in Mairangi Bay, finding out if Aucklanders are enjoying the same access to free, urban produce.

After spending 10 years in Japan, including earning his masters degree in international business, Mr Berthelsen says one of the big differences between Tokyo and Auckland that may have an impact on urban produce is density.

“Tokyo is dense. You can see everything, nothing is hidden behind walls. In Tokyo you notice what’s around,” he says.

In Auckland, most houses have enclosed gardens, Mr Berthelsen says.

Cottage industries like fruit-bottling, jam and preserve making are shared between friends and family rather than total strangers, he says.

But sharing the fruit of their labours is a good opportunity for strangers to connect, he says.

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by Hand: An Illustrated Text on Tokyo’s Non-Intentional Landscape

non intentional landscape

based off of tokyo diy gardening – swim in these fotos:

tokyo diy gardening


some places Chris writes/has written… about the stuff he does..

chris engaging cities


this big city 2

a fav via post….

this big city

If we want to begin to understand how children live in their environment, and what they do (and can do) we must (at least sometimes) stop giving them things and instead give them the opportunity to show us the spaces in which they move around. 

or via slideshare:


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his site:

a small lab site


thinking out loud – 1.5 hr video from 1996 – on Bucky:


city ness