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Metabolic Urbanism//SP17

  • 2017_SP_502A_Chan_Sarah_3
  • 2017_SP_502A_Chan_Sarah_2
  • 2017_SP_502A_Chan_Sarah_1
  • 17_SP_502A_Thompson_Rebecca_3
  • 17_SP_502A_Thompson_Rebecca_2
  • 17_SP_502A_Thompson_Rebecca_1
  • 17_SP_502A_Lopez_Everardo_3
  • 17_SP_502A_Lopez_Everardo_2

Course Description

This studio investigated “metabolic urbanism” from Tokyo to Seattle through a study tour to Japan during spring break 2017. In addressing rapid urban change and transit-oriented development in Seattle with the extension of light rail to Northgate, students  analyzed the metropolis of Tokyo through its transportation hubs rapid transformation in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Students investigated all scales of development from the megastructures of Shinjuku Station, to micro-urban strategies, new typologies and hybrid tectonic structures. Excursions outside of Tokyo included a visit to the Grand Shrine complex at Nikko to further understand the historic underpinnings of indigenous urban spatial concepts.