Overplanned urban spaces

Article published on March 12, 2009
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Article published on March 12, 2009
Tokyo Teleport Town is out of context, and, although well-developed, does not attract people to spend time in it. The design curiously reminded me of the contestants for the restructuring of the Lukiskiu square in the Centre of Vilnius.

Today I happened to be reading an article on Tokyo and New York by Roman Cybriwsky. As many academic articles, it had a promising beginning and disappointed me with the way it ended, I think some conclusions are by far too simplistic. However, what caught my attention was this photo and its comment:

Photo borrowed from Roman Cybriwsky (1999). "Changing patterns of urban public space. Observations and assessments from the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas." Cities, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 223–231, p. 229. I hope it's OK that I copied this photo, because there was no way to link to it.

The author points out that this place, the Tokyo Teleport Town is out of context, and, although well-developed, does not attract people to spend time in it. I should visit this place one day! Anyway, the design curiously reminded me of the contestants for the restructuring of the Lukiskiu square in the Centre of Vilnius. Are we heading for the same destiny of public space?