The Pulsating Heart of Tokyo

Alessia Andreotti
September 25th 2013

An astounding tangle of multi-colored water flowing throughout 18 arteries represents what happens every day in the pulsating heart of Tokyo. This is how Takatsugu Kuriyama, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, creates a 3D map of the subway system of the Japanese capital, visualizing the city as a creature.

As he explains:

“A city is a creature. The blood courses through and activates the body. A subway network is exactly the arteria that enables us to crisscross a city. Despite its significance on our daily life, we actually don't face the fact. With Tokyo Arteria we face the vivid, beautiful, and even mysterious ‘socially organized artifact’ that is nothing but our daily lives. Attendees can rediscover the revealed underground and share each other's impressions naturally”.

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