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Azby Brown

@azbytokyo

Architecture, art, environment, the hand. Safecast

AZBY BROWN is a native of New Orleans, and has lived in Japan since 1985. A widely published author and authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environment, his groundbreaking writings on traditional Japanese carpentry, compact housing, and traditional sustainable practices of Japan are recognized as having brought these fields to the awareness of Western designers and the general public. His books include The Genius of Japanese Carpentry (1989/2014), Small Spaces (1993), The Japanese Dream House (2001), The Very Small Home (2005), and Just Enough: Lessons from Japan for sustainable living, architecture, and design (2010/2012/2022). In 2003 he founded the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo, which for 15 years focussed on cognitive and cultural issues surrounding the human hand and its use in the creative process, conducting collaborative research with neuroscientists and perceptual psychologists. His creative work has been widely exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. He is currently on the Sculpture Faculty of Musashino Art University and the Architecture Faculty of Japan Women’s University, in Tokyo. Since the start of Fukushima Nuclear Powerplant disaster in March 2011, Azby has been a core member of Safecast, a highly successful global volunteer-based citizen-science organization devoted to developing new technology platforms for crowdsourced environmental monitoring which promote open-source and open data principles. He is Safecast’s lead researcher, closely involved with assisting affected communities and analyzing and reporting the issues they face.

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  4. Cave canem.

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