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Emergent Tokyo: Designing the Spontaneous City

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Il n’y pas non plus d’analyse économique qui pourrait tenter d’expliquer pourquoi le Japon se sort relativement bien de la crise du logement dont la portée est internationale. The narrowness of these streets along with the topographical lopsidedness compared to neighboring streets prevents car access.

I can't evaluate the quality of this book's content, as the type size on my copy was so small that, for the first time in my long-time reading experience, the book (in paperback, at least) proved impossible to read. My only quibble is that the anecdotes and description of current day make it sound like Tokyo is more moving away from spontaneous design rather than continuing the path of spontaneous design, contrary to the book title. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The side of the paper is colored slightly to indicate the graphic sections, making it easy to navigate between chapters or to just skim the pretty diagrams if that's what you want. It seems fitting that on these streets you can see greenery growing as a result of the water still flowing underneath.

The spaces under elevated railways were initially occupied by black markets after the war but the authorities (like in the case of Ameyoko Shotengai) regularised these by working with the railway companies to offer micro-lots to vendors under the tracks. On top of explanations and analysis, there's lots of beautiful diagrams and photos of unique urban elements in Tokyo. It offered a practical, systematic and objective view of what the city actually is and how it works. The small footprint of each establishment lowers start up costs and risks, allowing them to serve as incubators for young restauranteurs.

England has a wealth of surviving houses from past centuries, be they country mansions or rustic framed cottages, and the circumstances of the age are often reflected in the interiors. Tokyo used to be a water city of the likes of Venice, but most of the waterways were covered up (sometimes hastily) over the past century. But even those neighborhoods with solid property rights do not compare well with planned neighborhoods. There is nothing "inevitable" about Tokyo's character; although it has been remarkably resilient, with its social fabric, sense of place and character surviving generations of natural disasters, political upheaval, and economic transformation, it is not indestructible nor immune to threats.His office, Jorge Almazán Architects, is committed to environmentally responsible and socially inclusive projects spanning from interiors and architecture to urban and community design. These urban patterns are emergent: that is, they are the combined result of numerous modifications and appropriations of space by small agents interacting within a broader socio-economic ecosystem.

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