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Tokyo Midtown Yaesu in Tokyo, Japan
River Point in Chicago, Illinois
Akamai Headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Transit-Oriented Development

With projects located in 60 cities around the world, Pickard Chilton has a diversity of experience working in the evolving sector of transit-oriented developments. The many modes of transit, including bicycle, train, bus, and aviation, all play a critical role in moving people through a thriving metropolis. From the defining bicycle culture of Seattle to the mega-transit hubs of Tokyo, purposeful planning knowledge can be acquired from every city. As future urban populations continue to grow, scalable transit and associated developments will play a crucial role in facilitating transit while redefining our urban communities.

A fast, affordable, and efficient transit system is a healthy sign of an equitable city. Ridership of public transit can often be hindered by desolate depots and inconsistent service. Ideal transit-oriented developments welcome users with well-lit, welcoming public spaces where people are comfortable assembling, visiting, and spending time. Maintaining safety at transit station entrances is integral to sustaining the urban fabric of a city. Safe and welcoming street conditions around these community-oriented developments allow pedestrians to easily access transit to reach their destination.

The 15-Minute City is an evolving urban design concept in which city dwellers would have access to essential needs and services as well as an enriching daily urban experience within one mile or a 15-minute walk from their residence. Transit-oriented developments that strike a balance between workplaces, residences, shops, dining, and cultural centers support this concept by creating strong neighborhoods within the larger metropolitan ecosystem. Planning attractive pedestrian experiences and easy access to quality transit are integral design qualities. A recent example is the Global Gateway Shinagawa redevelopment in Tokyo, which has been designed as a next-generation urban environment that symbolizes Japan's openness and is a catalyst for innovative, international companies to create new businesses and cultures.

Related Work

The aerial view of our concept design for Global Gateway Shinagawa, the redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station.

Global Gateway Shinagawa is the redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station. It is envisioned as a new global hub connecting Tokyo to the world.

The design proposal for Avocet Tower, a transit-oriented development project designed with an enhanced shading system.

Avocet Tower is a new mixed-use, transit-oriented development, comprising nearly 400,000 gsf of class-A office space, a 220-key hotel, above- and below-grade parking.

Tokyo Midtown Yaesu Project is a 300,00 square meter high-rise mixed-use development that offers direct access to Tokyo Station, an important traffic node in Japan.

River Point presents a shimmering, curved façade at the confluence of the Chicago River with a 1.5-acre, terraced public park on the riverfront encouraging pedestrian activity.

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