Future Vision of Kyoto for the 21st Century

New Urban Technology

In synthesis: the "K 21" concept provides a method to construct a grandiose, reinforced concrete footing system designed to support a combination metal and concrete (and/or all-metal) superstructure for a city infrastructure provided with the shape of a sliced paraboloid. At ground level this superstructure may reach 3 or more kilometers in diameter and will be provided with variable height (from less than one hundred, up to several hundreds meters depending on the envisioned population foreseeable).   The overall wall thickness of such a hyperboloid may vary from 20 to 30 meters.

The above described infrastructure can be also envisioned as a combination of two enormous, co-axial double-layered hyperboloidal "sliced-towers", where the two co-axial layers are connected each-other by means of two parallel “horizontal” special internal transportation network systems. Each one of the two co-axial “sliced-towers” are provided with a large number of internal diagonal tubular cavities that serve also as elevator shafts and which are automatically welded to a peripherical metal skin. Structural road attachments for the two above described horizontal internal transportation systems are connected to the metal skin.  A continuous, easy inspectable and easy repairable water, electrical, gas, air conditioning, and sewage network of ducts is assembled inside a large tunnel located between the two “horizontal” transportation systems.

Once the core of this multipurpose infrastructure is completed by the robotized mobile factories according to their computerized design sequence, external and internal multi-directional tension cables are added to offer support to the totally urbanized "new free land" and to offer additional  stability to the entire mega-structure.

With a great degree of flexibility, said “new free land” will be assembled and will be divided in “parcels” to be to be gradually developed in accordance with traditional city’s needs and requirements and will be constructed in accordance with the city planning.

As previously mentioned, both the continuous, circular footing system and the main structure will be constructed through innovative automated construction processes with the utilization of different mobile factories. This allows to the land, encompassed by the footing system, to be untouched during and after the construction process.

Traditional Urban Architecture

Indeed, as required by ancient customs, some appropriate areas and parcels, can easily accommodate the traditional “Kyo-Machi-ya” which will find an old and yet new, contemporary interpretation of the classic two story town houses, provided with the combined functions of shops and houses designed with the customary style of conventional lattice doors at the first floor and the Mushiko windows at the second floor.  Even traditional spaces such as “Eel’s-den”, “tsubo-gardens” and family’s private storage areas can be built in some prolonged parcels, for the revival of an antique flavor. The special urban fabric offered by “Blind Alleys” may also find an appropriate modern interpretation in order to maintain the close neighborhood relationship necessary to help  preventing crimes in a well controlled local social environment.

Super Modern Urban Facilities

The new “K 21” will be also provided with a modern Administration and Maintenance Automated Systems. Aging Population Homes and Entertainment Facilities, together with organized Social Work for Pensioned people should find a priority consideration.  Community Educational Facilities such as Kindergartens, Nursing Homes, Schools, Colleges, Universities, and Special Facilities for Educational Programs dedicated to Traditional Performing such as Kabuki, Noh, Kyogen, Buyo and Ikebana, based on the lemoto system, should find new regenerating soil. Design and Production of all expressions of art such as Music, Painting, Sculpting, Pottery and Porcelain, Textile and other Handicraft Educational Facilities, oriented to male and female Fashion, Costume Jewelry, Cosmetics and Perfumes production, should find fertile ground in the new City

Respectful Considerations

In order to earn again the old position as Country’s Cultural Center, we respectfully invite Kyoto Officials to consider this bold new City-Planning concept by which the ancient City of Kyoto and the future “K 21”, harmoniously blended in the same natural landscape fabric from which both arose in different times of history, can happily face one another and, together, can meet the impact of the opening of the new millennium.

Indeed we believe that in artistically and selectively restoring all the old chosen structures to be surrounded by manicured gardens as they were envisioned in the original Kyoto, and in contemporary conceiving a totally new development which can rise at a small distance, both the old and the new can co-exist in concert and will find a new source for reciprocal enrichments.

Conclusions

In other words: we respectfully dare to propose a new bold urban philosophy called “K 21” poetically inspired by the ancient Japanese Imperial legacy and which, by means of un-precedent innovative mechatronic construction process,  can individually soar as “The New City Open to the Exchanges of the Culture of the World” in the dawning of the years 2000 and prosper side by side together with the un-matchable and untouchable original treasury of the Ancient City of Kyoto.

Dante N Bini