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Nagoya Mon
Nagoya, Japan

A competition to design a gateway to the city was sponsored by the City of Nagoya in Japan. The site is a "spaghetti" interchange at one of the main highways into the city.

Modern cities have evolved to the point at which the traditional defensive and control functions of city gates have been rendered irrelevant. The boundaries of cities have become blurred. Yet the notion of gateway as symbol remains important, although it now functions more purely as a landmark and a sign.