21 August 2018

Next Tokyo 2045, a megacity adapted to climate change

19 February 16 | RE+D Magazine


Next Tokyo 2045, a megacity adapted to climate change
Tokyo Bay
Total Surface:
12.5 square kilometers
Next Tokyo 2045
US-based firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has envisioned a new district in Tokyo that includes a mile-high skyscraper and infrastructure elements that will protect the city from natural disasters.


Called Next Tokyo 2045, the conceptual plan was featured in the Japanese documentary series Next World and was recently published as a research paper by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats, according to dezeen.com.

Billed as a megacity adapted to climate change, the district would accommodate half a million residents and would be built on "resilient infrastructure", said KPF, which has offices in New York, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Abu Dhabi.

The scheme was partly inspired by a visionary 1960 masterplan by the Metabolist architect Kenzo Tange, in which a sprawling megastructure spans Tokyo Bay and connects coastal communities.

KPF's scheme calls for constructing the new 12.5-square-kilometre district on a manmade archipelago, in an area where development is already occurring.

It would sit between the coastal communities of Kawasaki and Kisarazu, which are situated on opposing sides of Tokyo Bay.

The development aims to help protect low-elevation areas in the Tokyo metropolis from rising sea levels, earthquakes and typhoons.

It would accomplish this through various infrastructural elements, including faceted breakwater bars and operable floodgates.


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