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Seeing Toyko’s Stations With X-Ray Eyes

This article at is a bit older and the exhibition in Tokyo mentioned in it is going to close this week, but that doesn’t dampen the awesomeness of these illustrations that artist Tomoyuki Tanaka produced of Tokyo’s major train stations. He draws the stations in X-Ray style to illustrate the layout and the connections between the platforms and the outside world. If you’ve ever been in a remotely complex underground train station, you’ll know that it is easy to lose orientation because it’s hard to determine which direction you are heading in. Landmarks that you use outside to help to orientate yourself are missing and it’s hard to figure out how the various levels of the stations are located in repsect to each other. While Tanaka’s drawings are probably not suited to be hung in a station for orientation (though more schematic maps of this type are found in stations sometimes), it is still interesting to see the layouts in this way. Even if it’s just to marvel at the complexity or our urban infrastructure that you don’t usually realize when navigating it on your commute.

See more examples of Tanaka’s work on his website.

X-Ray isometric drawing of Shibuya station by Tomoyuki Tanaka. Via

X-Ray isometric drawing of Shibuya station by Tomoyuki Tanaka. Via

What a vision: 102-Story Tower for New York’s “Billionaire’s Row”

Rendering of 11 West 57th StreetThis tower conceived by Mark Foster Gage Architects for New York’s “Billionaire’s Row” is apparently just a vision. But what a vision it is!

Read story at 6sqft
Read story at Curbed
View the project at the architect’s website

A History of Cities in 50 Buildings – The Guardian

The Guardian currently has an extensive online series on architecture. The collection of articles, entitled “A History of Cities in 50 Buildings”, presents the stories of fifty buildings throughout all ages and highlights their influence on architecture. It starts with the Pyradmid of Zoser in Egypt, built around 2600 BC, and ends with a building not yet finished – the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Inbetween, you will find many famous buildings and some curious ones as well, as well as some that are not buildings at all, like the Four Level Freeway Interchange in Los Angeles or the Bus Rapid Transit system in Curitiba, Brazil.

The overview page lists all buildings along with a short introduction and a link to the full article. I would especially like to point out the article about the “Hufeisensiedlung” in Berlin. This so called “Horseshoe estate” was built in the inter-war years and is one of six large scale housing projects of the time that were enlisted on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. Here on “on architecture”, we already covered another one of those estates, the “White City”.

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