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Restoring Vitality to Japan's Cities Urban Decay in Japan
The City of the Future: A Fusion of Business, Residence, and Leisure
Advanced Technology in Your Own Backyard
Grass-Roots City Planning: The Needs of the Residents
Revitalized Communities Breathe New Life into the City
Reevaluating Life in the City
High-Quality Housing Key

Advanced Technology in Your Own Backyard

Don’t get the idea that it was a walk in the park creating this fusion of business, residence, and leisure. Inoue will tell you that it was nothing short of a miracle that all the techniques and contrivances that needed to fall into place to make this project a success actually worked out.
For example, commercial space is absolutely essential to bring vitality to any local area, and a roadside storefront was created for each commercial unit just as if they were in discrete buildings, connected by “shopping roads” lined with benches and lighting, creating a virtual wonderland, that you would almost swear was outdoors—except that it isn’t. There are also landscaped “water terraces” and other open spaces in the area surrounding the commercial establishments. And the walkways that thread their way through the changing colors of the seasonal flowers in the landscaping make this a great place to enjoy a stroll.
The area around what is now Triton Square was once a moonscape of warehouses and distribution centers. In 1984, the land owners and their tenants were induced to form an organization called the “Society for the Improvement of Harumi” by the start of a regional redevelopment project that would eventually culminate in the creation of Triton Square. Yet there was a time when this location, a mere two or three kilometers from Ginza and Tokyo Station, was considered to be disadvantageous because planners felt that few businesses would have enough pulling power to get people to visit this location regularly. Yet only a year and a half after its opening, many of the businesses located inside Triton Square find themselves exceeding their original sales projections.
The high level of achievement in the Triton Square project would not have been possible without its use of advanced technology in architecture, electrical and electronic appliances, and data processing. For example, the super high-rise triple towers are connected to one another with special devices that utilize the latest in active damping systems, which are used to control the swaying of buildings. This computer-controlled system even helps mitigate movement of the towers due to gusts of strong winds, and is the first implementation of its kind in the world. The corridors and foyers of the office buildings are cleaned at night by robots. If you ever saw these robots late at night riding the elevators up and down as they moved from floor to floor during their rounds, you would get the feeling that you were looking right into the future. Beneath two of the towers is an underground, 20,000 m3 thermal storage tank that utilizes nighttime electricity to store heat for a district heating and cooling system.
This lavish use of the latest technology is just one more thing that makes Triton Square a forward-looking 21st century urban development.
RFS1, a cleaning robot
Moving from floor to floor as it goes about its rounds, RFS1, a cleaning robot, communicates with the Cleaning Control Center via an optical transmitter located in the elevator. The robot does everything automatically, including putting itself away after it’s done. In addition to saving manpower, RFS1 cleans in the dark, making it a real energy-saver, too.

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