2000s

Community-based/High-Tech Architecture

The 2000s ushered in a new millennium of technology. Rather than being purely a cultural and aesthetic movement, high-tech architecture is characterized by contemporary technological advancements that allow for a wider range of design possibilities and creativity. The introduction of new technology also allowed architects to invest additional time in designing structures that were more resistant to natural disasters.

While concrete was a primary feature of 1970s and 80s buildings, in the 2000s, glass also became a popular building material because of its light and sleek properties. The number of high-rise buildings continued to grow due to the increasing land scarcity in Tokyo.





2010s

Community-based/Sustainable Architecture







Architecture in the last decade has shifted its focus toward more sustainable construction means and urban redevelopment projects to rebuild community infrastructure. Architects in the current era are also using fewer industrial materials while searching for eco-friendly and responsible alternatives. In Tokyo specifically, there has been a shift away from purely high-tech and futurist architecture typology and more toward timber-based construction.

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