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.

water 1: Kanda River Underground Regulating Resovoir Under the Loop Road 7

Garbage accumulating in flood reservoir.
 Along Kandagawa, one of the rivers I used to run along, one can observe one of the visible signs of an hidden kind of infrastructure dealing with one the naturals disasters the Tokyo area has to deal with, flooding.