The notion of durability requires a substantial reinterpretation, notably in the sphere of architecture and the built environment. Tokyo’s singular fast-paced progress consistently challenges Western urban design principles, control management and planning. A parallel is easily seen with the western world where “Preservation is Over Taking Us”.
Fantasmapedia is a collection of case-studies that investigates recently demolished architectural landmarks of Tokyo. The taxonomy aims to better understand the forces which support the current climate of ‘disposable architecture’ in Post-Bubble Japan. To inventory is to give new meanings to the present state of the city. To give them a place to come together shifts and gives an unusual weight to the current practice. Fantasmapedia was once part of Tokyo megapolis. From their curation emerges another existence.