5.39-japan-9-detail-a Japanese police station – Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design:

Sustaining security for health and happiness promotes stronger communities.

The architecture of Tokyo includes a rich tapestry of work by contemporary architects. In the upper right corner of this drawing, one police station stands out as distinctive in its “helmet” appearance. Like some of the Japanese castles, the helmet station becomes a symbol of strength and security. As an island in the street, the mouthlike opening shelters the officer who keeps watch over the street.

Sustainable design can embrace people and their communities in new ways. In America, we have challenges in many cities to police neighborhoods that have drug and gang violence. The police in most cases roll in and out with patrol cars and are not always embedded in the neighborhoods with familiarity to the youngest members of the community. Sustaining security and a peace of mind is a tangent to traditional perceptions of sustainable design. If we can’t live and work without fear, then the materials, energy, and emissions are a distant priority. This example from Japan may not be the stylistic solution, but the idea of localized support from trusted officers is worthy of questioning alternatives to our current policing systems.

5.38.Japan-9-Horizontal-with-Figure with a Japanese police station and other drawings

The figure outline in this image is for scale to illustrate the size of the fold-out field drawing. The descriptions of certain key elements and insights are included with the accompanying drawings in this section.

 

Japanese police station, STEM education

Author and illustrator: Charlie Szoradi is an architect, inventor, and the CEO of Independence LED Lighting. He writes about many other topics related to community strength and Japanese police station design through his extensive travels around the world.

If you have found this posting online, it is an excerpt from Mr. Szoradi’s book Learn from Looking that served as the inspiring seed content for this drawing share resource. For additional drawings and insights on neighborhood planning and Japanese police station integration, we hope that you enjoy exploring LearnfromLooking.com. You can search via general terms such as sustainability as well as narrower terms such as Japanese police station and community security relative to the public eye.