City connects: An ambitious proposal to protect the Japanese capital, the rise of night mayors and a greener Madrid all feature in this weeks roundup of the best city narratives from around the web
This weeks collecting of urban gems takes us all the way from Tokyo to Porto Alegre via Amsterdam and Copenhagen and ends with a first-hand experience of commuting. Wed love to hear your responses to these tales, and any others youve read recently: share your thoughts in the comments below.
Tokyos flood-defence city
When cities are threatened by floods, the obvious response is to build a wall while other solutions may include making permeable waterfront parks or floodable public spaces. However, one proposal for Tokyo, a city particularly prone to the impact of rising tides and rainfall, takes inundation defenses to a whole new level.
As CityMetric explains, the Next Tokyo 2045 proposal designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associate with Leslie E Robertson Associates, and still in the early stages of attempting approval involves the creation of a whole new city , built on reclaimed islands in Tokyo Bay, to defend against deluges.
Arranged in a series of hexagons to form a roadblock that minimises the impact of large ocean waves, the proposed city would include a mile-high skyscraper to house thousands of residents which, as an aroused Daily Mail and Metro point out, is increasingly becoming the worlds first mile-high tower, and twice the height of Dubais Burj Khalifa. Which again prompts the question: how much higher can skyscrapers run?
Should cities have dedicated 24 -hour the regions in which the night-time economy can flourish without disturbing the majority of the citys residents? Thats the opinion of Amsterdams very own night mayor and former club promoter, Mirik Milan. But as he explains, its not all about bars and clubs: You could have working spaces there, and a library open 24 hours a day for students, Mirin tells CityLab.
The night mayors role in the Dutch capital, created in 2014, involves managing and improving relations between night industries, residents and city government. Thus far it seems to have worked so well in Amsterdam that other European cities are following suit: Paris, Toulouse and Zurich now all have night mayors, while London and Berlin are considering introducing them.