From the editors of OK Fred comes a new bilingual magazine about cities and built spaces, Too Much. Published in Tokyo, the first issue had articles on buildings by Japanese cults, depression, experimental physics, non-monumentalism at SANAA, skateboarding as urban practice, scarves, and Nicola Formichetti.
The recently launched second instalment had been delayed by the Tōhoku earthquake/tsunami and Fukushima crisis. Half a year after those natural and man-made disasters, the new issue is poised to speak to the present as it considers the role of architects and the future of urbanism. Topics covered include: shelters, neon lights and Tokyo’s new nightscape after the power cuts, Paolo Soleri’s desert city that doesn’t exist, the history of urban planning (or lack thereof) in Tokyo, and the process of sorting debris in the tsunami inundated zone around Motoyoshi. There’s also interviews with artists Tomoo Gokita and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and a 40-page lift out of photographs by Takashi Homma. Keep eyes out for this intelligent and good-looking new publication of ‘romantic geography’.