Water

The second incarnation of the Project Global triptych investigates the water cycle—relevant as both input and output for the metropolitan metabolism. The thematic spans in terms of scale and lens: from geopolitical aspects to the individual human body, seeking to explore water as a crucial factor in the design of the built environment. Vienna served as an exemplar of a modern planned metropolis, related to water infrastructure and regulations. Mexico City, a city flooding and at the same time running out of water, formed the ground for interrogation.



AS ABOVE SO BELOW

What if the solution was not to destroy the existing city, but to build around, above and below it? With this radical reasoning, certain architects design Utopic plans to renovate Paris and Tokyo’s urban landscape and city lifestyles: a floor above the city’s zinc roofs, a city below the Seine or Edo River, or even an underground highway network.

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EVACUATION MEASURES

Not only is driving on the Shutoko an activity that requires a lot of focus and attention given its complex network of curves, exits, junctions in a quite tight two-lane highway, it also requires to acquire knowledge into the evacuation and emergency measures when needed.

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FROM TSUKIJI TO TOYOSU

The Tsukiji Market, opened in 1935, is one of the 11 central wholesale markets in Tokyo and the largest fish market in the world. The market conducts fish auctions every day.

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METROPOLITAN EXPRESSWAY COMPANY, LTD.

The Metropolitan Expressway Company is the company that operates and maintains the Shutoko, a network of toll expressways that connects Tokyo. The Electronic Toll Collection system patented by Akio Kuramoto in the early 2000’s is what most of the cars and taxis in Tokyo carry that allows them to pass through the toll gates almost seamlessly, getting charged only the segment travelled from entry to exit.

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MILEAGE

Gas stations and petrol pumps form the nodal points where the fuel after completing its long journey finally reaches the consumption zone. The physical act of filling the vehicle is quite determinant in its realization and is the first visible sign of fuel in a metropolis.

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