Superblock Synthesis: ‘Glorious Gokiso’
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Attention was drawn to important aspects of urban spatial structure and form in earlier chapters. The frequent rise and fall of building heights across Japan’s urban landscapes, with lines of higher buildings surrounding broad patches of lower ones, was highlighted in the first as the ‘hard shell – soft yolk’ phenomenon. In Chapter 3, emphasis shifted away from the buildings and onto the pattern and forms of roads and streets, to describe very wide or ‘big roads’ cutting through areas riddled with narrow flat-surfaced streets. To move across a city with such a structure is to experience alternately the constriction, intimacy and relative quiet of the narrow street networks cut periodically by the breadth and background noise of wide roads. Further, these spacious wide road corridors are themselves made up of two quite distinct components: there are the broad vehicle carriageways (usually dual) forming the centre band; and the flanking ‘pavement’ or ‘sidewalk edges’, depending on whether your brand of English is British or American. However, close examination of these usually spacious pavements reveals forms and functions that are more akin to the nearby flat-surfaced narrow streets (usually without sidewalks) than to a Western pedestrian pavement.