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Naqeeb Popal

MA work

Losing the Plot

Instead of being fenced around the plot, how can a new generation of homes in Tokyo be part of a continuity as suggested by the transition of uchi and soto? These terms refer to inner and outer social groups forming a gradation from ʻprivateʼ to ʻprivate otherʼ and the more ʻpublicʼ, where relationships are not static but ever changing and determined by oneʼs situational status. The Japanese house has changed over time from a place to welcome guests into, to a very private place. Consequently, functions previously associated with the home have spilled out onto the street and into the city. While the productisation of housing has accelerated the metabolism of Tokyo, the ambition of this scheme has been for housing to take advantage of the adjacencies that this process creates by internalising parts of the city into the domestic equation.  


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2016



  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Architecture, University of Brighton, 2010
  • Experience

  • Architectural assistant, Pentagram, London, 2013–15; Architectural assistant, junya.ishigami+associates, Tokyo, 2012–13; Production and editorial assistant, D&AD, London, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • The Deindustrial Revolution, Embassy of Japan, London, 2016
  • Awards

  • CETLD Scholarship (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design), 2009