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This video tells the story of the Nakagin Capsule Tower, its design, construction, life, and ultimate demise

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  1. [4]
    geeklynad
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    A method for replacing individual components without disturbing others would have been a game changer. And some built in redundancy of utilities.

    A method for replacing individual components without disturbing others would have been a game changer. And some built in redundancy of utilities.

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      MimicSquid
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      Those features did exist. It was designed for any unit to be replaced, but no replacements were ever manufactured.

      Those features did exist. It was designed for any unit to be replaced, but no replacements were ever manufactured.

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        cfabbro
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        I don't think that's true. In the video he specifically mentioned how one of the reasons no capsules were ever replaced was because "a few had to come down to get to any single one. It wasn't...

        I don't think that's true. In the video he specifically mentioned how one of the reasons no capsules were ever replaced was because "a few had to come down to get to any single one. It wasn't possible to do one at a time. And getting that many apartment renters to agree to such an inconvenience just wasn't in the cards." Which is also why when the water pipes burst they couldn't fix them, and they instead had to rig up a completely new water system for the building running through the hallways.

        So as cool as the building looks, and as interesting as the concept is, assuming what he says is true, it sounds like it was actually full of major design flaws.

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        1. MimicSquid
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          I was basing my statement off of the Wikipedia entry, which may have been overly rosy.

          I was basing my statement off of the Wikipedia entry, which may have been overly rosy.

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  2. cfabbro
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    The photography project from the artist interviewed in the video is worth checking out too, IMO. It gives an interesting peak into the lives and living spaces of some of the former residents of...

    The photography project from the artist interviewed in the video is worth checking out too, IMO. It gives an interesting peak into the lives and living spaces of some of the former residents of the tower.
    http://www.noritakaminami.com/project_1972#1