2018 Urban Land Use Planning

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Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Nakai Norihiro 
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Course description and aims

Buildings are fundamental elements of cities and various building activities form the ciry. Urban planning is a way to control those building acitivities and its purpose is to promote the progress of the city by coordinating buildings with other urban elements. This course explains basic elements that constitute urban planning and provides technical methods of urban planning and their backgrounds and meanings.
This course is intended for students of architectural course to understand basic minimum knowledge on urban planning.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) understand minimum required knowledge of urban planning for students for architectural profession
2) understand minimum required knowledge of land use control for students for architecural design
3) understand detailed methods of land use planning


Urban Planning, Land Use Control, Development Control, Building Control, Land Use Planning

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

This course will be provided by lecture, but there will be exercise problems occasionally within the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Current situation relating to cities and city planning Understand the current situation relating to Japanese cities
Class 2 Overall structure of urban planning system Understand the overall structure of Japanese urban planning system
Class 3 Land use control 1: Theory Understand the land use control system in Japan
Class 4 Land use control 2: Development control Understand the land use control system in Japan
Class 5 Land use control 3: Zoning and building control Understand the land use control system in Japan
Class 6 Neighborhood planning Understand the land use control system in Japan
Class 7 Open space planning Understand the planning theory of open spaces
Class 8 Historic conservation and landscape planning Understand the meaning and methods of historic conservation; Understand the relationship between individual building design and streetscape, Understand the significance of design control
Class 9 Urban development and redevelopment Understand the defenition and methods of land readjustment project and urban redevelopment project
Class 10 Planning of residential areas and commercial areas Understand the methods of residential area planning; Understand the methods of commercial area planning
Class 11 Masterplan Understand the definition, requirements and actual practice of masterplan 
Class 12 Survey and analysis for land use planning Understand the basic knowledge of various survey methods and analysis relating to urban planning
Class 13 Planning and tourism 1 Understand tourism planning methods
Class 14 Planning and tourism 2 Understand tourism planning methods
Class 15 Planning and tourism 3 Understand tourism planning methods


Original text material will be uploaded to the OCW

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Aeba, Shin. Kato, Hitomi. and others, Urban Planning for First-time Learners, Tokyo: Ichigaya Shuppan Sha

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of basic terms and thoughts of urban planning and the level of understanding as to how to plan the city will be assessed.
Final examination (80%) and occasional exercises (20%)

Related courses

  • ARC.P305 : National and City Planning

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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