Mori Building Co., Ltd.
URBAN DEVELOPMENT PIONEER LATE MINORU MORI OF MORI BUILDING PUBLISHES "THE MAKING OF VERTICAL GARDEN CITIES" WITH PENGUIN BOOKS
Tokyo, Japan, March 28 – A pioneer redefining urban life in Japan, former Chairman and CEO of Mori Building Co., Ltd., late Minoru Mori's thinking and philosophy will now be available in English language with the translation of his book "Hills – Challenging Cities." This new edition features specially written material, such additional new text written after The Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11, 2011), which happened as this English version was under preparation: an experience which truly showed Roppongi Hills' exceptional value as a "city in which you would want to escape to." Moreover, based on this experience, Mori added new text describing his vision for the next 50 years.
This updated edition published by Penguin books is now available at Amazon.co.uk (both Hardcover and Kindle editions), from March 29 at Penguin.co.uk (ePub ebook), and in April in major bookstores.
Abstract from Prologue:
"Roppongi Hills is an urban complex that realizes the concept of the 'vertical garden city' that I have been long advocating. This urban proposal is a transformation from cities packed with buildings to ones where citizens can enjoy larger open spaces covered by greenery by more efficiently using the sky and the underground and by creating raised ground levels for more underground space. Urban infrastructure should have enhanced earthquake resistance and safety, and through its own electricity generation systems this kind of urban complex could truly play an important role as a shelter in the case of disasters. This is really the kind of city 'you would want to escape to, rather than escape from.'
This year's mega-earthquake has shown to the world the safety, the superiority and the benefits of such an urban model. Since the earthquake, we have been receiving many tenant inquiries from non-Japanese firms.
Japan has lost a lot in this catastrophe. But at the same time, we learned a lot. We must put our learning into practice in order to create even safer and more secure cities, and we must share this knowledge and experience with people around the world.
We will strive towards building even better vertical garden cities, and show them to the rest of the world. That will be the proof of our gratitude for the support you gave us in times of difficulty."
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