This course covers urban and planning history of Japan, the Japanese urban planning and development system and the urban design in Japan.
The purpose of the course is to allow international students who are not familiar with the Japanese urban development context to understand the Japanese planning system in general.
By the end of this course, students are expected to have the following:
1) General knowledge of Japanese cities and the Japanese planning system
2) General knowledge as to how metropolitan Japan has grown in the modern period
3) Skills to compare planning systems between different countries
Urban Planning, Urban Development, History of the City, Urban Design
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
This course is offered in English in an intensive format, usually on Saturdays in December and January.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Brief history of Japanese cities 1: Pre-modern age||Understanding of the origins of Japanese cities|
|Class 2||Brief history of Japanese cities 2: After modernazation||Understanding of modernization of Japanese cities|
|Class 3||Brief history of Japanese cities 3: Post-war growth||Understanding of post war urban growth in Japan|
|Class 4||Current Urban Planning System of Japan 1: System Structure and Masterplan||Understanding of overall picture of the Japanese planning system; Understanding masterplan as the goal of planning|
|Class 5||Current Urban Planning System of Japan 2: Land Use Control||Understanding of zoning and development control system|
|Class 6||Current Urban Planning System of Japan 3: Infrastructure Planning||Understanding of infrastructure planning, including transportation|
|Class 7||Current Urban Planning System of Japan 4: Urban Development System||Understanding os Japanese urban development system, including land readjustment|
|Class 8||Current Urban Planning System of Japan 5: Planning Decision Making||Understanding of planning decision-making process|
|Class 9||Mid-term Discussion||Brief presentation of general information of the cities in the students' home countries|
|Class 10||Issues of Japanese City 1: Population Decline and Compact City||Understanding of demographic trends of Japan and compact city as a planning goal|
|Class 11||Issues of Japanese City 2: Urban Planning and Disaster Prevention||Understanding of natural disaster risk in Japan and planning responses|
|Class 12||Issues of Japanese City 3: Urban Design and Design Control||Understanding discussion of design and aesthetic contro over buildings|
|Class 13||Issues of Japanese City 4: Urban Planning and Environment||Understanding of the necessity of low carbon city|
|Class 14||Issues of Japanese City 5: Urban Renewal and Urban Renaussance||Understanding of revival of the city|
|Class 15||End of Term Discussion||Brief presentation of the planning system of students' home contries|
Materials to be given
SOLENSEN, Andre 'The Making of Urban Japan' Routledge, 2004
Evaluated by the level of discussion during the lecture (20%) and the final report (80%)
As notices to students such as lecture schedule are sent by e-mail, those students who want to participate the class should inform the lecturer of their e-mail adress at the registration.