The historical development of the Tokyo skyline: Timeline and morphology

Pazos Perez Rafael Ivan

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Abstract

This article examines recent high-rise developments in Tokyo that have reshaped the mega-city's identity, and in particular defines the timeline of these drastic changes on the skyline. The research has focused on buildings over 150m tall1 in Central Tokyo,2 considering construction data in light of the city's historical development, economic models, legal framework, and technological restrictions. The objective of this research is to explain the processes that have led to the current skyline, and in particular explain the historical reasons that have led to what is often described as Tokyo's chaotic morphology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-615
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sep 15

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Keywords

  • Economic downfall
  • Economic growth
  • High-rise
  • Japan
  • Skyline
  • Skywards
  • Tall buildings
  • Tokyo
  • Urban growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cultural Studies

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