[re]TOKYO explores a wide, understanding vision of the transformative processes of one of the most influential and unknown metropolitan areas in the world, from large scale efforts such as Tokyo's land engineering transformations, to smaller examples such as its capital vending machine system. Four hundred pages, compiling 400 years of history, are covered in this uniquely Japanese complexity of social conurbation, including more than 1400 illustrations, diagrams, photographs, and maps in order to visually support selected themes. [re]TOKYO develops the idea of [re]definition processes to explain what, who, when, where, and why all these changes took place, concluding with a collection of the essential processes that comprehensively elaborate Tokyo's changes--a tool to understand its history and speculate about its future as an exciting metropolis and cultural center of the world.
Jin Taira is an associate professor and researcher at the University of Las Palmas de GC, Spain, he holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, and is the associate architect at MPC arquitectos, Spain. He has professional experience with Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, and Hiroshi Hara architecture offices. Kengo Kuma is a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo and founder of Kengo Kuma & Associates. He is considered one of the most influential architects of contemporary Japanese architecture. Akira Fujii is Head of the Hu+Fujii Laboratory, at the Institute and Architectural Design, Architecture and Landscape Design Center, College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, China. He is the former head of the Urban Morphology Laboratory of the Institute of Industrial Science, at the University of Tokyo. David Grahame Shane is an urban theorist and author of Recombinant Urbanism. He is an adjunct professor in the Urban Design program at Columbia GSAPP. Shane studied architecture at the Architectural Association, London. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Cooper Union among others.