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Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tsukamoto Architectural Lab & Atelier Bow-wow

World Photo Press, 2002
171 pages
Full colour photographs with diagrams.
ISBN: 4846523276

Pets, companions of the people, are usually small, humourous and entertaining. This book presents a collection of 'pet architecture', architecture having pet like characteristics, existing in the most unexpected places within the Tokyo city limits. They are areas such as a 1-metre width space among many closely placed buildings, a small and subdivided piece of land, or a long and slender city block sandwiched between the road and the railroad. These unusual places are the byproducts of urban development and have been produced abundantly in Tokyo. This undefined space has come into existence in the marginal realm between the different city systems, or is it the imminent city system itself! They are small and though they appear at first glance to be somewhat cold and distant to the surrounding environment, we can say that this type of architecture adopts the attributes of pet culture and become pets of the city environment. They too are small, humourous and charming in their own way! This book is a guidebook of pet architecture scattered all over Tokyo.


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