Urban recovery digital archive of Edo-Tokyo on Google Earth

Osamu Murao, Takayuki Sasaki

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Recent geoinforntatic technology is one of the significant fields in the digital earth era. This paper demonstrates a trial of making urban recovery digital archive of Edo-Tokyo on Google Earth as one of the case studies. The digital archive consists of 119 maps/pictures from 1838 to 1997 of three important areas in Tokyo (Marunouchi, Otemachi, Kyobasbi, and Nihonbashi), which represent its dramatic historical change including the recovery process from Tokyo Earthquake in 1923 and the destruction in 1945 due to the World War II. Using some functions (overlay, timescale, and place mark), it enables us to understand urban transition of Tokyo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-814
Number of pages4
JournalAIJ Journal of Technology and Design
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital Earth
  • Digital archive
  • Edo-Tokyo
  • Google Earth
  • Urban recovery process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction


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