Emergent Tokyo: Five Spontaneous Urban Patterns

게이오 대학교 알마잔 연구소


The urban fabric of Tokyo is often despised as inefficient and unsightly due to its lack of geometrical order and clarity. But in its seemingly unorganized structure there are other types of orders, efficiencies and aesthetics, which are not an architect’s vision nor the intended consequence of master planning. They are emergent: the combined result of multiple small modifications and appropriations by individuals interacting in a dynamic process, which as a whole creates an integrated urban pattern. We have researched, documented and represented in this drawing the current state of five intensively used, distinctive, and inclusive urban patterns that exemplify this Emergent Tokyo.