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We are admiring Tokyo, but just as speechless.
Everything we know about European cities we have to throw overboard when we look at Tokyo
The region with 36 million inhabitants and the metropolis Tokyo with 9 million inhabitants can hardly be distinguished visually. A polycentric urban structure, with a few high-rise clusters, between them an unmanageable number of small plots of land, which are detached, with the smallest distance between them. The evaluation of the individual plots takes precedence over the contextual view. After the great Kanto earthquake in 1923 as well as after the Second World War, the city was completely rebuilt twice. Since then, there has been a rapid pressure for change, the average life cycle of the buildings is about 30 years. This evokes a much stronger perception of the individual building and the vertical urban development, thus the conceptual perception as vertical city.