Christian is assistant professor for urban studies at Waseda University. He earned his PhD from the University of Tokyo on the intellectual history of public space in modern Japan. Christian served as JSPS post-doctoral fellow at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies of the University of Tokyo, where he examined the politics of public space in metropolitan Japan. He is partner of the architectural practice Frontoffice Tokyo and co-founder of the civil society initiatives Open Architecture Collaborative, Tokyo Chapter (former Architecture for Humanity), Tohoku Planning Forum, and Tokyo Transitions. In his research Christian looks into citizen-initiated urbanism projects and new commons, and their impact on community resilience. In many of these projects art, culture, and design play a major role to activate and empower citizens and to co-create resilient, sustainable future communities. Christian is on twitter as @remmid and @publicspacelab.