Tokyo Station City: The railway station as urban place


Tokyo Station City: The railway station as urban place

Zacharias, John and Zhang, Tianxin and Nakajima, Naoto (2011) Tokyo Station City: The railway station as urban place. URBAN DESIGN International, 16 (4). pp. 242-251. ISSN 1357-5317

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Railway stations in Japan and elsewhere are undergoing redevelopment to accommodate new spaces of consumption and leisure. Tokyo Station redevelopment is a representative case illustrating the experiment of integrating new facilities into an existing spatial system. The station’s image is being recast as an important urban centre in Tokyo with a particular mix of prestige business, shopping and unique entertainment venues. The walking network is being reconfigured in a larger space with a complex set of new land uses, leading to new spatial configurations and patterns of behaviour. These transformations support a new role for the station. The station redevelopment, along with related investments in the surrounding space represent a distinctly Japanese approach to transit-oriented development (TOD). This paper examines the urban design strategy underlying these transformations.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Article
Authors:Zacharias, John and Zhang, Tianxin and Nakajima, Naoto
Journal or Publication:URBAN DESIGN International
Keywords:train station, pedestrians, redevelopment, spatial behaviour
ID Code:974473
Deposited On:16 Jul 2012 14:26
Last Modified:01 Jun 2013 01:38
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