Dutch photographer IWAN BAAN is celebrated for his images of architecture around the globe. Seemingly the first to snap every starchitect’s newest icon, he has also captured startling views of the built environment in the midst of upheaval (a famous helicopter shot of New York’s blackout in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, for example) and produced long-term studies of buildings within their broader urban context. Here, Artforum presents a special portfolio of Baan’s never-before-published photographs of Tokyo, taken in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and revealing a city whose constant exposure to a range of environmental hazards—including earthquakes, tropical storms, and tsunamis—has led to the development of some of the most advanced disaster-response infrastructures in the world.

Iwan Baan, Untitled, 2011, digital photograph.

Aerial view of Tokyo.

Iwan Baan, Untitled, 2011, digital photograph.

Overpass on Tokyo’s Metropolitan

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