Tokyo | Bibliography

Livio Sacchi (2004) Tokyo – City and Architecture. 1st Ed. Universe Publishing.


The book discusses the physical and spatial development of Tokyo since the 19th Century. As an urban latecomer striving to join the ranks of other metropolis, Tokyo dove headlong into the embrace of the West, resulting in a hybrid approach to architecture and design that continue to inspire architects and planners worldwide. The part about World War II and the postwar period are particularly useful to our research as it starts to dig into the background information that is relevant to the rise of metabolism. Here are some quotes from the book:

“Although Tokyo did not suffer directly from the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it emerged from the war as it would have from a catastrophe. In February 1944, the population was 7.3 million; just 21 months later, in November 1945, it had dropped to 3.5 million, and everyone was weak from hunger.”

“Redevelopment was entrusted to a government agency: the emergency and the need for new housing led the agency to place quantity over quality. This was the time when a new system of support for public housing was devised.”

“The Olympics showcased Tokyo to the world: hosting them was seen as an important opportunity for reaffirming the country’s recovered national identity after almost two decades of severe psychological bewilderment brought about by the war.”

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