Nakatsu Underground

# underground    # back side of the city    # minority

Hayashi Kazuki

Nakatsu, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan

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There are always both positives and negatives. In urban planning, how do we consider the back side of the city? Nakatsu(中津) is located just next to Umeda(梅田), the heart of Osaka. While Umeda is brisk as the largest commercial area in the west of Japan, Nakatsu is gloomy but yet holds unique attraction and value; for example, a theatrical company used to set up a base under a gigantic elevated structure in Nakatsu (now moved out due to reinforcing construction). I found that this “hidden” lifestyle is an essence of Nakatsu and valuable for “minority”, those who cannot accept splendid lifestyle in Umeda. I propose an architecture where their activities can be developed through adding their self-build structures onto the proposed structure.

shops with rustic atmosphere under the elevated structure

people develop self-build architectures relying upon the proposed structure

master plan (GL+14000)

master plan (GL+2000)

picture of physical model