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Pilot study: a spatial mapping of Edo/Tokyo at the turn of the eighteenth century

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posted on 30.09.2021, 11:44 by Gamze SaygiGamze Saygi

The pilot study seeks evidence-based investigation through the syntax of space, and bases research on archival data demonstrating the effects of architectural and land-use regulations on urbanity. To enable reporting upon how spaces formed inter-relations and created spatial experiences within the built environment of the commoners’ district of Nihonbashi in Edo (Tokyo) at the end of the eighteenth century, this study has created simulations of long-lost urban spaces.

The resulting measures of space syntax and isovist are represented on several colored maps. In principle, they employ a color spectrum from red to blue, where red stands for the most visible or accessible spaces, and blue represents the least visible.

Based on the archival document showing the ownership, measurement and disposition of each site inside the premise, as of 1807 © The Mitsui Bunko Archives.


Funding

The Freedom of the Streets. Gender and Urban Space in Europe and Asia (1600-1850)

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

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History

Retention period

30/09/2031

Research priority area

  • Cultural Heritage & Identity
  • Urban Studies