What if Venice or Buenos Aires where Japanese? The question seems quite absurd, but the answer is rather intriguing. Imagine Copenhagen historical district covered with neon signs or the unpaved streets of La Paz set for Japanese traffic… With the Tokyo-lization exhibition architect Daigo Ishii+Future-scape architects overlapped Tokyo urban elements to world capitals for a deeper, yet playful, reflection – Watch video.
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“Of course, I don’t mean that all cities should change into Tokyo, but I intended to clarify on what a city image or the locality of a city are” says Daigo Ishii to ArchiPanic. “We might expect that the urban scape is unique. But compared to 50 or 100 years ago it is much more fragile”.
Baroque candy-pop decors and manga took over the colourful corrugated steel-frame houses of Buenos Aires iconic district La Boca. Neon signs hanging by all windows shine a new light on the pastel coloured alleys of Strøget historical district in Copenhagen.
Daigo Ishii+Future-scape Architects selected also run-down neighbourhood in the Bolivian capital, layed tarmak on the unpaved streets and filled the urbanscape with earthquake-proof electricity suspended wires.
Japanese trees and street food kiosks pop up in San Marco square in Venice. The world-famous Italo-Byzantine facade of the Italian 2.000 years old church turns into a colourful patchwork of flags and banners, while people multiply.
The Tokyo-lization project is currently on show at the “Time Space Existence” exhibition at Palazzo Mora as a collateral ecent of Venice Architecture Biennale – Strada Nuova #3659, 30121 closed on Tuesday.
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All images and video by Daigo Ishii+Future-scape.