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Breaking the rules

— Global


The codes of good urban planning are common sense. But sometimes those rules are there to be broken and, as in these five examples, the results can work surprisingly well.

Beirut, Manhattan, Mumbai, SANAA. Tokyo, Urban planning, Vienna

01 The best cities have a consistent style

Rule breaker: Tokyo

Tokyo’s streets follow no masterplan or urban design blueprint. Its tangle of power lines overhead, neon signs, maze of backstreets and mishmash of architectural styles gives the city a chaotic appearance. Buildings are constantly being torn down and rebuilt. In some neighbourhoods, narrow, cobbled streets and wooden homes clash with towers of concrete and glass.

In Omotesando, for example, the Dior store, a glass-encased white box designed by SANAA, sits next to MVRDV’s Gyre building,…


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