Tokyo is in the midst of a major transformation that will see the skyline filled with more than 200 new high-rise buildings with cutting-edge equipment from robots to contact-free holographic devices and more. The government and developers are trying to attract international clients who can contribute to boosting the economy, but there are downsides to the rapid change. Vacant space in older buildings may harm local businesses. Some experts also point out the possible environmental impact, such as high-rises blocking sea breezes, making the city and inland areas hotter than ever. We look at how to make Tokyo a better metropolis for the future, both economically and environmentally.
Masuda Yukihiro (Professor, College of Systems Engineering and Science, Shibaura Institute of Technology)