An Interactive Look at Japan’s Tall Building History

07 May of 2015 by

A new research study conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), entitled Tall Buildings in Numbers – Japan: A History of Tall Innovations, examines the evolution of tall buildings in Japan since the 1960s. The study highlights key innovations in Japan’s skyline through a compilation of graphic representations, including a timeline of notable highrises, a scatterplot of towers over 150 meters and annual construction rates, and a comparison of skyscraper density with regional populations.
View the interactive charts after the break.

As explained by the CTBUH, Japan’s unstable climatic conditions have contributed to its innovative skyscraper designs. Japan lies in one of the most active seismic zones in the world and supports one of the densest populations, with an average of just under 340 people per square kilometer. These combined figures have repeatedly contributed to mass devastation in the wake of natural disasters, and have pushed Japan to investigate building methods capable of withstanding such adversities.
Mapping Japan:

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