MARC 521. Chelsea McQueen. “De-Virtualizing Community.” Tokyo, Japan. Spring 2020.
This project seeks to disrupt the pattern of overworked and dispassionate individuals living inactive lifestyles due to community virtualization. It engages the young adult community of Tokyo, Japan, where virtualization breaks down physical community, leading to poor mental health and isolation. The proposed Personal Development Center merges culturally relevant social constructs with a critique on the wellbeing of individuals in wider contexts. It urges quiet young adults to enter, creates an environment that differentiates between individuals while facilitating relationships, and integrates nature into intimate spaces along varied circulation routes that facilitate confidence, stimulate motivation, and provide comfort through transparency.