27 Aug 2013

views from a flood wall

Along the flood wall separating the Arakawa (a large river in Tokyo) from the city a series of low views can be obtained. Here I focus on looking towards the citys dense low rise developments. The height of the view from more or less the 4th story level makes for an interesting angle of the city.

25 Aug 2013

Nihon Minka-en

The space between inside and outside.
 A few pictures from Nihon Minka-en (Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum).

1 Jul 2013

along the arakawa - shuto expressway

Trucks meeting in the air. Along the Arakawa, a river flowing through the north and east of Tokyo23, the C2 outer loop of the Shuto Expressway is realized high above ground level.
A number of different system of infrastructure follows the river. Lets explore some in this post.

30 Jun 2013

water 3 - flood wall

Urban window.
A view through an urban window shows visual reality of the urban situation. On the other side you could perhaps find a garden.

13 Jun 2013

water 2.1: pumping station

One the powered pumps. Part 2.1 of water.
View from control room.

water 2: underground

Monumental scale of infrastructure. Perhaps one of the best pictures of this blog.

The parts of the greater Tokyo area located on the Kanto plain are cut through by a series of rivers. Due to the proximity of the mountains, large amounts of rains when it a typhoon strikes, and quite short rivers they are very prone to flooding. To help relieve the problems with flooding there is infrastructure for moving large quantities of water between rivers, like in the center of the city in the previous post. This chamber has been featured is series of media, like commercials. To read more see here.
The pump station is powered by a series of jet turbines to provide the extreme amount of power necessary.