Tokyo Metabolism

“During the height of Tokyo’s building activity, almost one-quarter of its built substance was renewed over a period of five years.Yet, in the course of disasters, demolition, rebuilding, and the regular effects of modernization, its lot lines, its pattern of streets and paths have remained largely unchanged.

The modernization of Tokyo has not been accompanied by a profound restructuring of property and traffic patterns driven by organizational ideals or political goals. In essence, the city is an assemblage of modern buildings on a medieval footprint. Nevertheless, Tokyo is said to exhibit a particular expertise in dealing with the amorphous and ever changing, to have a capacity for seamless regeneration throughout its transformation, to provide in its formlessness an unsurpassed degree of urbanity, complexity and programmatic variety. What, then, if the modernization of a city has to be explained without programs or principles, without the recursion to formal models or detailed, and five-yearly updated development plans? Can there be an urbanism which deals with the formless, an urbanism able to describe a city composed of its own periphery? Where is content – ideas, desires and goals–  generated for all the hardware being produced? What makes such a city develop at all?

This text is an attempt to understand the modernization of Tokyo on the basis of shopping typologies – concept as ready-made – simultaneously model and manifesto, business plan and prophecy.”

Hosoya, Hiromi and Schaefer, Markus: “Tokyo Metabolism”. in: Rem Koolhaas et al. (eds), The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (Köln: Taschen, 2001), p.748-763

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Architecture

Herrliberg-Feldmeilen station, 2020 –
Current state: framework plan

Haus Myrte, Wädenswil, 2022 –
Current phase: tender

House Renovation, Geneva, 2021 –
Current phase: ongoing

Airport Engadin, St. Moritz, 2020 –
Current phase: construction project

Cooperative Housing, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Current phase: tender

Fabrik.sg, 2020 –
Current phase: Project phases design to operation

ZHA, Boulevard, Hönggerberg Campus, 2020 –
Current state: ongoing (with Studio Vulkan)

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Club, 2020 –
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Primary School Christoph Merian, Basel, 2019 –
Current phase: construction project

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Current phase: tender

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
Transformation Project from the former industrial estate to the mixed-use development with housing
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Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Housing
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Urban Design

Bahnhof Romanshorn, 2022 –
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Kaserne Aarau, 2022 –
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Areale Wittenbach, 2022 –
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Stiftungsareal Neumünster, 2022 –
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Kieler Schloss, 2022 –
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Campus Heidelberg, 2021 –
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Otterbach Süd, 2020 –
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Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
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Station Area Dietikon, 2019 –
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Campus Bochum, 2018 –
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Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
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Bahnstadt Nürtingen, 2017 –
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Areal Neugasse Zürich, 2016 –
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Elbinselquartier Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 2015 –
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Tech Cluster Zug, 2015 –
Current state: transformation plan

Station Herisau, 2013 –
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KNZ Wil West, Thurgau / St. Gallen, 2011 –
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Urban System Research

Metaverse, 2022 –
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Entwicklungskonzept Würzenbach, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

ESP Hochdorf, 2021 –
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Deep Urbanism, 2021 –
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cividi gmbh – civic data intelligence, 2019 –
Digital tools for the analogue city
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