Channels of Concrete Part 1: Highways
Far from creating an ugly “concrete jungle” like many other cities in the world, I find the use of concrete here in some of Tokyo’s engineering projects simply awe-inspiring.
Like these at Ikebukuro, there’s a startling, powerful elegance to the curves of the junctions and highways, which to me appear most beautiful at dusk, silhouetted against the clear gradients of Japanese skies.
The highways follow the paths of main arterial roads and while the traffic below moves typically slowly as it pauses for signals and pedestrians, travelling along these overhead concrete rivers can feel liberating.
Without traffic lights to slow one down it’s a continuous flow of speed as one sweeps between towering buildings on each side and can cross the entire city within a few minutes. Superb!