Artifact | Utility Pole

Tokyo contains many artchitectural gems and spectacular vistas, but it is by no means a beautiful city. It’s not really a city at all, rather an organically fused megalopolis of cities, connected by the highways and train lines that thread their way through and under its various neighborhoods. In both its flashy commercial hubs and its lesser-known neighborhoods, Tokyo is a place where development runs rampant and the speed with which the skyline changes is astonishing. Space is understandably tight, zoning is a relatively fluid concept, town planning patchy, so newer, taller buidlings often block out the light of their older neighbors, utility poles and their overhead cables scar the city’s streets and a concrete expressway can be built over a river and historical landmark — as was done in the 1960s over the Nihonbashi Bridge.