The Transformation of Tokyo During the 1950s and Early 1960s Projects Between City Planning and Urban Utopia

Raffaele Pernice
2006 Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering  
The subject of this paper is devoted to a short summary of the "city planning/utopia" combination that influenced most of the urban projects developed in Japan for its capital in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It aims to illustrate the relationship between the geneses of the visionary experiments of a new generation of architects, and the economic and cultural background of postwar Japan, at the dawn of its economic miracle. Focusing on the elements that promoted a strong criticism of current
more » ... iticism of current city planning methodologies, the paper attempts to further describe and clarify the origin of a period of insightful research in the field of urban design, that fostered the search for new design principles suitable to express the dynamic changes of Japanese cities led by several factors, that were especially evident in the case of Tokyo.
doi:10.3130/jaabe.5.253 fatcat:e2jo6tpey5fxpcmbea6cm6di7a