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Old April 19th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #5421
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Wow!!

Great to hear news on this! (this and Odakyu's quad-tracking have been two of my favorite projects)

It's fascinating to see it coming along. When I was in Tokyo back in '05, it looked a lot different, and those are some mighty steep grades.

Are there any images of the situation before construction? Or, better yet, before construction of the Shinkansen? I'd like to know if there was always a difference in grade between the rapid tracks and the Keihin-Tohoku/Yamanote alignment.
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Old April 19th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #5422
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On this Japanese website like Google Maps you can look at aerial pictures from 1963 (you can find them in pull down menu the top left corner of the map, pick 昭和38年 from menu furthest right one)
http://map.goo.ne.jp/map.php?MAP=E13...30N35.40.2.900

There you can see that back then the line between Tokyo Station and Ueno Station had 8 tracks between Tokyo and Kanda and 6 tracks between Kanda and Ueno, all at the same level.

That's why the Shinkansen tracks are on the same level as the Keihin-Tohoku/Yamanote between Tokyo and Akiba where they dive into the tunnel towards Ueno. They simply used the old viaduct over this very flat part of Tokyo. All the segments with steep grades on this part of the line are more recent.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #5423
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Tōkyō Metro announces winners of Ginza Line station design competition

Official press release:
http://www.kenchiku.co.jp/metro/

First Prize
笠原孝一plus 4 others from Tanseisha (丹青社)

Ueno Station







Kanda Station





Inarichō Station


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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #5424
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Second Prize #1
山川智嗣 plus 1 other from Tomo Yamakawa Design (トモヤマカワデザイ)

Ueno Station











Kanda Station













Inarichō Station









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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:23 AM   #5425
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Second Prize #2
清水悟巳 plus 4 others from JR East Design Corporation (ジェイアール東日本建築設計事務所)





Ueno Station



Kanda Station





Inarichō Station



Side platform design (Inarichō, Ueno)



Island platform design (Kanda)

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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:25 AM   #5426
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Third Prize #1
田村秀規 from PODA (PODA一級建築士事務所)

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Kanda Station







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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:25 AM   #5427
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Third Prize #2
梅村直裕 plus 3 others from JR East Design Corporation

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Kanda Station







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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:28 AM   #5428
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Third Prize #3
松原弘典 plus 2 others from 東京松原弘典建築設計事務所

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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:29 AM   #5429
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Third Prize #4
小笠原浩幸 from EAU (イー・エー・ユー)

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Kanda Station



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Third Prize #5
小野淳 (plus 5 others) from JR East Design Corporation

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Third Prize #6
石坂久志 (plus 11 others) from Fukken Engineering (復建エンジニヤリング)

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Kanda Station







Inarichō Station



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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #5432
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Some very good entries, although I think the best submittal by far won first prize...
Interesting to see a JR East design firm submit (and twice, at that). Third Prize #3 is my second favorite.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #5433
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This may have been mentioned many pages back, but what's the plan for using the spare surface space along the Odawara Line corridor between Setagaya Daita and Higashi Kitazawa now that the trains are running underground? Also, how long until the local tracks are up and running between Umegaoka and Yoyogi Uehara?
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Old April 20th, 2013, 11:02 AM   #5434
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Thanks Quashlo! It's an imminent renewal for these three station in Ginza Line?
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Old April 20th, 2013, 04:11 PM   #5435
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A lot of really nice entries. I agree that the best won, but I also like the Second prize #1 too. Are any other stations being renovated at all or is it just these three to start?
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Old April 20th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #5436
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Also, what do the various hand gestures mean, where do they come from, and why are they followed?

Here`s a Japan Times article on JR gestures:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/200.../#.UXKsTrWTipc

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http://www.jniosh.go.jp/icpro/jicosh...eng/index.html
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Old April 20th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #5437
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Tōkyō Metro announces winners of Ginza Line station design competition

Official press release:
http://www.kenchiku.co.jp/metro/

First Prize
笠原孝一plus 4 others from Tanseisha (丹青社)

Ueno Station

Really nice. I like the way that they manage to design the PSD's in a way that are not intrusive. I wonder if it will look that sleek when finished.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #5438
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I've got a first look on Tokyu's new "Hikarie号" 4110F that I'll be posting later today (It's 2:51AM JST and I'm just heading to bed so you'll forgive me I hope )

Everyone's amazed how I got all my hair to fit under the hardhat.

I asked a ton of questions to the staff that showed us around the facility (nice 3 month old inspection shed at Motosumiyoshi Yard) so please let me get some sleep and process these RAWs in my SLR.

Unfortunately I couldn't shoot video in the yards because they had TV news crews with us on the event as well, but I did shoot a front cab view of the trip out the yard onto the Toyoko line all the way into Shibuya. I hadn't seen so many railfanners crowded out onto the line's crossings and platforms since last month!
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Old April 21st, 2013, 09:45 AM   #5439
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This may have been mentioned many pages back, but what's the plan for using the spare surface space along the Odawara Line corridor between Setagaya Daita and Higashi Kitazawa now that the trains are running underground? Also, how long until the local tracks are up and running between Umegaoka and Yoyogi Uehara?
I posted a few articles before, although I'm too lazy to go search for them. Setagaya Ward's basic plan is here:
http://www.city.setagaya.lg.jp/kuras...il/32932_1.pdf

Short answer is station plazas, pocket parks, bike parking, and pedestrian paths.

Local tracks will open FY2017.
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Thanks Quashlo! It's an imminent renewal for these three station in Ginza Line?
Hm, not sure what you mean by "imminent"... This is the first of the themes, covering the Asakusa ‒ Kanda section of the line. There are five themes / segments total:
  • Shitamachi area (Asakusa ‒ Kanda)
  • Commercial area (Mitsukoshi ‒ Kyōbashi)
  • Ginza area (Ginza)
  • Business area (Shinbashi ‒ Akasaka Mitsuke)
  • Trend area (Aoyama Itchōme ‒ Shibuya)
It looks like they will be doing this one theme at a time until all of the stations are done (scheduled for FY2022).

It's not clear exactly how these submissions will be carried into the design phase... They just say this:
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今後は入賞作品のアイデアや具体的なデザインモチーフなどを、充分に活かしながら駅リニューアルを進めてまいります。
Translation: We will now work on advancing station renovations, sufficiently incorporating the ideas and specific design motifs from the winning submissions.

However, the design competition is mostly intended to brainstorm ideas about redesigning the station space to make it more attractive... I don't think it was ever intended to be the final design, and I'm not sure how much additional "interaction" there will be between the winning design firm(s) and Tōkyō Metro in helping to finalize the design.
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