Thankfully, a handful of city planners and architects still dare to dream. In Moscow and Madrid, Westminster and Santiago, subway bosses with one eye on the tourist trade and the other on the outlandish tales of their childhood have taken bold risks in order to grace their cities with subterranean fortresses of rare beauty and imagination. In Tokyo, one architect – who might be considered equal parts science-fiction author – developed a system he labelled the ‘Web Frame’ in order to share his design duties with computer algorithms and natural patterns. The result is Iidabashi Station, a structure so alien it might be favourably compared to the movie designs of H.R. Giger.
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