Japan Builds 21st Century Monuments

by Charles R. Heidengren, (F.ASCE), 165 Monmoth Circle, Berwyn, PA 19312,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 8, Pg. 57-59

Document Type: Feature article


Japanese civil engineers are designing and constructing an extensive array of 21st century landmarks that incorporate innovative technology applied to industrial restructuring, advanced communications and an infrastructure designed to support a higher quality lifestyle for its citizens and stronger links with the rest of the world. Public and private sector organizations are involved in a variety of projects based on guidelines for national land development. Among them are construction for transportation--roads, bridges, tunnels, airports--and new city centers that stress cultural exchanges. The year 2000 is the target; the next century will see them as landmarks. They include the Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge, Yokohama's Landmark Center, the Tokyo International Forum, expansion of Haneda Airport into Tokyo Bay, and the Trans Tokyo Bay Highway.

Subject Headings: Monuments | Bridge design | Infrastructure construction | Airports and airfields | Highway bridges | Bays | History and Heritage | Highway and road design | Japan | Asia

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