This is an interesting one, in Martins’ words – Imagine building an elevated highway over Pont Neuf, Pulteney Bridge or Ponte di Rialto? Well, Tokyo did this to its “Bridge of Japan”.
Nihonbashi was first built in the center of Edo in 1603. The area around Nihonbashi was the major business and financial district until the 20th century. The bridge is the origin of measuring distances for all places in Japan. Since then, it was rebuilt about 20 times; today’s renaissance-style stone bridge was constructed in 1911. Only in 1999, it was designated as a cultural asset.
Though being a significant element in Japanese history, shortly before the Olympics in 1964, the elevated Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway was constructed over the bridge.
Plans to remove the highway are without progress. The historic monument, located close to the exclusive Ginza Shopping Area rests in the shadows of the highway. The official Tokyo sightseeing guidebook does not even mention it, and if you pass over the bridge today, you would hardly notice it at all.
If you would like to contribute it is easy, simply go out into your local urban environment and photograph anything that you think is an example of poor architecture, urban design or use of space. It could be a photograph of a run down phonebox or a disused building, perhaps a concrete monstrosity from the 1970’s or anything that you think fits.
Once you have your photograph you can simply upload it to our newly created group on Flickr, Worlds Worst Urban Spaces and Place including a description of between 100 and 250 words.
Its as simple as that, see our previous post for full details on the book.
See the Worlds Worst Urban Spaces and Places blog for the latest posts (note this will take shape over the coming weeks as content is sent in via Flickr)