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Examples of highway and building interfaces

The example of a tramway passing through a building within an urban environment is also demonstrative of similar occurrences of other forms of transport and their urban environment, internationally. For example, Fig.1, shows highway passing through the Gate Tower Building, Osaka Japan.

Due to the strict property laws in Japan, the owner of the land who constructed the high-rise building, and the local government had to reach agreement for the highway to pass through the building (Wikipedia, 2020).

Fig.1: Photograph of the 16 storey Gate Tower Building in Osaka, Japan, through which the Hanshin Expressway passes. Source: Wikipedia, 2020.


Through the research of the author of this website, it was identified that these occurrences happen regularly, and most of the time, urban stakeholders do not realise it, because we may just take it for granted. Figs.2 and 3, show examples of similar occurrences to Fig.1, in London, UK.

As the principles of the property interface are the same as the tramway in DenHaag example, the suggested property interface representation has not been applied. However, what is of particular interest, is the example of the requirement to protect the interfaces of the building in Fig.3 with the road beneath.

For the works to be undertaken safely, the identification and clarification of the presence, property, and protection interfaces would be essential to comprehend, but also the methods of undertaking the works would also have to be agreed between the interfacing stakeholders.

Fig.2: Building located over Lower Thames Street, London, UK. The principles of the presence, property, and protection interfaces apply just as much to this occurrence as to UUMI. Source: Nathan Darroch.

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Fig.3: An example of refurbishment of a building located over Lower Thames Street, London, UK. To undertake works of urban management, not only the interfaces need to be comprehended, but how the continued safe presence and operation of interfacing urban infrastructure can be assured. Source: Nathan Darroch.

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It is argued here that these occurrences of the interfaces are no different to those presented in any of the other case studies on this website. Namely that where the interfaces occur, the safe presence and operation of the interfacing urban environment is essential during periods of urban management.

To be able to ensure that continued safe presence and operation of urban infrastructure, there must be clear comprehension of how, when where any why the interfaces of that urban infrastructure and its environment occur. hence the development of the AIR processes.

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