Life Underground

Janko Radojević
September 20th > start at 19h

Material to be presented at the exhibition will try to convey the complexity of the city rail network in Tokyo, its ambiance, the authenticity of its users; it tells the story of the space and the system which allows this megalopolis to function. Tokyo city rail network consists of 882 stations interconnected by 121 rail-lines which transport 20 million people daily. This staggering number explains the enormous size of the city and also tells of the time its inhabitants spend using public transport.

The efficiency of Japanese society transformed the stations into micro centers developed so that commuters do not need to leave the system to fulfill their private daily tasks. The underground passageways became the places where concerts are held, bookshops and beauty parlors are available, as well as bars, restaurants, markets, and cobblers. The public function of the city is being relocated from the street level to the underground space where lighting, heating, and sound is easier to control… The boundaries of this phenomenon have with time was overgrown the existing network of tunnels and moved back above ground, however, they always remained directly connected to traffic routes. Is Tokyo’s case an example which other mega-cities will have to follow, bearing in mind climate changes and above all – the efficiency and the speed of life today.

Janko Radojević graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. He worked at renowned Japanese architecture studios, such as  Shigeru Ban Studio, he got his master’s degree at the Architecture Department of Tokyo University. Currently, he works as an architect for Sadar+Vuga studio in Ljubljana.