Major Sky-Level Decks #デッキ論

This list is not comprehensive, but here are some of the largest Deck Level developments in Japan: Senri-Chuo shopping center in Osaka (on airport monorail line): huge deck level.  Surrounding park areas are connected by pedestrian bridges, creating near total grade separation of vehicles and pedestrians.  Very much like Tama Center. See also: Tama Center: Wide deck level stretching 1100′ NW from Keio Tama Center … Continue reading Major Sky-Level Decks #デッキ論

デッキ論: deck levels vs pedestrian overpasses

What is the difference between a deck level (デッキ) and a pedestrian overpass (歩道橋)?  How can we classify the pedestrian infrastructure at JR Ueno Station, pictured above? The common characteristic: grade separation of motor vehicles and pedestrians. I propose that deck levels have one primary characteristic which distinguishes them from pedestrian overpasses: direct connectivity to adjacent buildings. In pedestrian overpasses, on the other hand, the connectivity is broken … Continue reading デッキ論: deck levels vs pedestrian overpasses

Kobe High Line 神戸の臨港線

The backbone of the Kobe High Line* is an old elevated railroad track (the Harbor Line / 臨港線), now converted into a pedestrian promenade.  It has been expanded with a new pedestrian overpass (歩道橋) that connects it directly to the Kobe Waterfront and Hanshin Kasuganomichi Station (阪神春日野道駅). The aerial view below shows covered arcades in green, pedestrian bridges and elevated promenades in yellow, and rail stations in … Continue reading Kobe High Line 神戸の臨港線

Amagasaki High Line 尼崎ハイライン(立体遊歩道)

Amagasaki’s High Line* is a raised pedestrian plaza, with direct connections to neighboring buildings at sky level, and multiple public stairs and elevators. It runs approximate 1300 feet (1/6 the length of NYC’s High Line), from Hanshin Amagasaki Station (阪神尼崎駅) at the west end to the Amagasaki Cultural Center at the north end.  Its total surface area is just over 3 acres. Immediately west of the High … Continue reading Amagasaki High Line 尼崎ハイライン(立体遊歩道)

Yokohama Photo Tour: Moving Sidewalk (動く歩道) from Landmark Tower

Much like Ebisu Garden Place, Yokohama Landmark Tower is connected to the nearest train station (JR Sakuragicho) by a fully roofed moving sidewalk. #桜木町駅 #連絡橋 #ランドマークタワー . Although the moving sidewalk is not directly connected to the station, the gap between the two is fully roofed: . . . . . In addition to the moving sidewalk, there are quite a few non-moving sidewalks at … Continue reading Yokohama Photo Tour: Moving Sidewalk (動く歩道) from Landmark Tower

Tokyo Photo Tour: Ebisu Skywalk (恵比寿スカイウォーク) from Ebisu Garden Place

Have you ever wondered why moving sidewalks are confined to airports?  Why aren’t there any moving sidewalks leading to the train station? In Ebisu, there are. This tour starts in spectacular Ebisu Garden Place, spins around a bit to take in the view, and then proceeds north along the Ebisu Skywalk to Ebisu Station (JR Yamanote). If we back up about 250 feet, we see this: … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Tour: Ebisu Skywalk (恵比寿スカイウォーク) from Ebisu Garden Place

Roppongi Hills – 洋風 or 和風?

Have you ever heard somebody confuse the words “modern” and “western”?  It’s a very unsettling experience.  Perhaps because it seems to come not from any maliciousness or intentionality  per se, but from a deeply subconscious assumption that anything cutting edge must be western in origin. Deconstructing the Discourse of Westernization Superficially, the steel and glass structure of Mori Tower contrasts with the wooden construction techniques of traditional … Continue reading Roppongi Hills – 洋風 or 和風?