Introduction: Architecture in Tokyo

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Table of Contents

• Introduction: Architecture in Tokyo
• Metabolism / Modernism: 60s-70s
• A New Wave: 80s
• The Lost Decade: 90s
• Communities & Sustainability: 00s-20

1964 presented an opportunity for Tokyo to reinvent itself as an advanced industrialized city. So postwar Japan took the opportunity to begin reconstructing not only Tokyo’s information and transportation networks, but also its overall national identity and global image through architectural feats.

Architecture in present-day Tokyo continues to be informed by the influential designs of the 1960s, but the emphasis has shifted toward timber-based construction and preserving traditional Japanese design aesthetics through the use of newer technology. The people of Tokyo are still dreaming, but their vision of an ideal future Tokyo has just shifted toward addressing sustainability and green space needs. Contemporary architects in Tokyo hope to reestablish a harmony between human spaces and nature through open, continuous spaces that utilize light and transparent materials. As with other large urban areas in the 2020s and beyond, many predict that Tokyo will continue to produce more flexible, community-oriented architecture.

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