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Two modes of Tokyo temporalities. Shibuya and Taito under-construction everyday-life. (2017)

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Title: Two modes of Tokyo's temporalities. Shibuya and Taito in construction of everyday life. (2017)

  • Author(s): Ana Gabriela Medina Gavilanes, Alice Covatta and Vedrana Ikalovic.
  • Conference's title: ''COHDA, INTESDA''.
  • Place: Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Summary: Shibuya, as one of Tokyo's most commercial, entertaining and trendy districts, attracts thousands of people every day. In this room, a large-scale urban plan that lasts for seventeen years is currently being developed. It is centralized and includes the reconstruction of the train station and the development of new skyscrapers, thus altering the physiofy and identity of the area. Taito is one of the halls of shitamachi, as it is mainly residential, but it also includes and is surrounded by some of Tokyo's most important landmarks, which attract thousands of people every day. Ongoing construction projects that are being developed simultaneously in Taito are intensively changing the socio-spatial characteristics of the area. These two different approaches to urban planning directly affect the local way of life, so people need to adapt, create or reinvent their relationship with the environment. On the one hand, there is a commercial response to small-scale planning in Shibuya that somehow mitigates the characteristic chaotic flow. On the other hand, there is a residential aspect in Taito that encourages people to participate domestically with the outside. These two approaches are represented as human-scale behaviors that produce what we call common spaces. Because Tokyo is in constant construction, it is in a permanent temporary state, the purpose of the document is to discuss the human reaction to these two mega-urban plans: in time and in space.
  • Keywords: Urban plan, temporality, daily life, common spaces, identity.
  • Abstract: Shibuya as one of the most commercial, entertaining, and fashionable districts in Tokyo, attracts thousands of people every day. In this ward, there is currently the development of a large-scale urban plan that lasts seventeen years. It is centralized and includes the reconstruction of the train station and the development of new skyscrapers, altering consequently the physicality and identity of the area. Taito is one of the shitamachi wards, being mostly residential but also including being surrounded by some of the most important Tokyo's landmarks, bringing thousands of people every day. Ongoing construction projects that are being developed simultaneously in Taito are changing in an intensive way the socio-spatial features of the area. These two different approaches to urban planning affect directly the local way of living, for what people need to adapt, create or reinvent their relationship with the environment. On the one hand, there is a commercial response to the planning in Shibuya in a small scale that somemitigatehow s the characteristic chaotic flow. On the other hand, there is a residential aspect in Taito that incentivizes people to engage in a domestic way with the outside. These two approaches enact as human-scale behaviors that produce what we denominate as common spaces. Because Tokyo is constantly under construction, it is in a permanently temporary state, purpose of the paper is to discuss the human scale reaction to these two mega urban plans: in time and in space.
  • Key words: Urban plan, temporality, everyday life, common spaces, identity.
  • Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323866989_Two_Modes_of_Tokyo_Temporalities_Shibuya_and_Taito_Under-Construction_Everyday_Life

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