Kobe Asahidori & Kumoidori

Analysis of the area east of the Sannomiya Stations; Asahidori (旭通) and Kumoidori (雲井通). This 0.14 square km (35 acres) area had a 2005 census population of about 2,500.  This is an unusually high residential population density (~45,000/sqmi) for an area so close to the commercial center. Streets are highlighted hierarchically as follows: – Magenta (straight east-west): Open air shopping street (shotengai). – Other Magenta: Station Direct … Continue reading Kobe Asahidori & Kumoidori

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: http://senri50.com/c4489.html 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

Versus! – Downtowns: Minneapolis vs Toronto

Minneapolis: . . Short Block Index ~3.  For the purposes of calculating the SBI, Nicollet Mall counts as a street, because it carries a high volume of pedestrian traffic.  I have chosen not to count the Skyway intersections, because the Skyway system in Minneapolis is not well integrated with the city streets, physically or socially. Number of businesses* shown at 100 foot scale: 31. (*businesses of … Continue reading Versus! – Downtowns: Minneapolis vs Toronto

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?