‘Tokyo-Lization’ Of Major World Cities

Tokyo’s urban landscape can be described as bright, loud, and even chaotic. So what happens when you apply the colorful elements of Japan to other world cities? Daigo Ishii + Future-Scape Architects have re-imagined six world cities through their Worldwide Tokyo-lization Project.

‘Tokyo-lization’ is characterized by Daigo Ischii through the addition of distinctive Japanese aspects to other urban cityscapes. This artistic process pastes elements like cherry blossoms, kiosks, and neon lights into the streets of the United States, Argentina, Denmark, France, Bolivia, and Italy.

New York City

New York City

Paris

Paris

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

By adding elements of Tokyo to other urban landscapes, does the city maintain its image, or become something completely different? This project works to challenge the ideas of city image and the thoughts behind locality.

La Paz

La Paz

Venice

Venice

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Presented at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, the project displays an artistic re-imagining of cityscapes. The display in Venice consists of large-scale monitors showing each city after the process of ‘Tokyo-lization’. Daigo Ishii’s project can be seen through November 27, 2016.

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