Tokyo Residential District: Toward an Optimal New Image
The suburb of Ogikubo, where this building stands, is 15 minutes by express
train from Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's largest transportation terminal hubs.
Partly as a result of Japan's tax laws, residential land tends to be
broken up into increasingly smaller units each time it passes from one generation
to another, and so housing sites have a general tendency to grow smaller.
So in a locale once characterized mainly by street-after-street of small-scale, larger scale structures are beginning to loom on the landscape.
And yet, no one has presented any kind of plan suggesting what the townscape
ought to be made to look like.
Such towns can be found in many places throughout Tokyo, or Japan, or
Asia, for that matter.