2016 Comfortable Built Environment II

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Soeda Masashi  Oguchi Keiji 
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Course description and aims

This lecture shows practical examples reffering the techniques and results of comfort evaluation researches, especially, focusing on a variety of users who lives in the cities.

Student learning outcomes

-To understand the characteristics of a variety of users who use the city.
-To understand the changes in social situation today and in the near future, and the problem that urban and architectural space facing.
-To learn how to think the agenda-setting in line with social conditions.
-To understand about the nature of problem-solving techniques in urban and architectural space.


Environmental psychology, Environment Behavior Study, PDCA, Urban space, Architectural space, Usability, Safety, Comfort

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

The lectures will proceed while introducing the examples that are working actually in the business. Setting the reason why such business has been required as a starting point, the students will learn exploration methods for causes of the problems, and learn how to consturct solving methods.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Architectural design for safety for people's dairy life. Time series variation of daily accident, The pattern of the accident, Compatibility of design and safety
Class 2 Comfort-enhancing technique for functioning space like the toilet. Understanding users needs, Behavioral changes due to the space design, PDCA
Class 3 Structure of urban dwellers' evaluation To grasp technique of residents consciousness, and value axis of the city residence
Class 4 Relationship between changes of social conditions and residential requirements Household population changes in Japan, Fragmentation of living needs, Way of living survey
Class 5 Social conditions and consciousness surrounding the child-rearing generation Work-life balance, M-shaped curve, Housework and childcare time
Class 6 Comfort of the space for parents and children. Park, Playground equipment, Nursing room
Class 7 In order to have more fun with the city (Entrepreneurship Theory) The action shift by providing information, Entrepreneurship for social problem solving
Class 8 Thinking about the contact point among researches, occupations, and society Mini thesis or group discussion



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Assessment criteria and methods

The degree of understandi g would be evaluated by final report..

Related courses

  • UDE.D442 : Comfortable Built Environment I

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