‘It seems to me that one of the most pleasing things in cities, and I might add one of the most useful, is meetings and mixings with other people. That is indeed a city, where there is much of this. Truly, it is good to speak, and to hear is better, and to converse is best, and to add what is fitting to the fortunes of one’s friends, rejoicing with them in some things, sorrowing with them in others, and to have the same return from them - and in addition to these there are ten thousand things in being near to one another.’
Libanius, from ‘Oration in Praise of Antioch’ via Lapham’s Quarterly Fall 2010 edition.
The images below look almost unreal. These are the images of Tokyo’s sewer system. It’s funny to think that this eye popping architecture was never meant to be seen by the external world.
Here is a simple formula:
Advanced Engineering × Japanese Precision = Awesome Beauty
(no aesthetic required)