2017 Historic Perspective of Space II

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Nakai Norihiro 
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Course description and aims

This course explains the history of the city and its planning in Japan and Western world.
It is important to know how cities have been formed in order to understand the contemporary city and its future. Students are expected to learn the history of the city and its planning as its basic knowledge and to understand various planning thoughts and methods which are still effective in modern times.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) understand basic knowledge of the history of western cities and their planning
2) understand basic knowledge of the history of Japanese cities and their planning


History of city, Planning history

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

All classes are given by lecture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 From the beginning of civilization to Greece and Roman cities Understand the definition of the city in the history of civilization; Understand the feature of Greece and Roman cities
Class 2 From medieval Europe to Baroque cities Understand the feature of medieval western cities: Understand the purpose and feature of Baroque city planning
Class 3 Industrial revolution and the beginning of modern urban planning Understand the genesis of modern urban planning
Class 4 Urban planning in the western countries in the 20th century Understand 20th century history of western urban planning
Class 5 Japanese towns of pre-modernization period Understand the formation of the Japanese city before modernization
Class 6 Japanese cities: Meiji Era Understand Japanese city planning in Meiji era
Class 7 From the first planning legislation to reconstruction from Great Kanto Earthquake Understand Japanese city planning in Taisho era
Class 8 From the reconstruction from the war damage to rapid economic growth period Understand Japanese city planning in the post-war period


None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Original text materials will be uploaded to the OCW.
Ishida, Yorifusa. The Development of Modern Urban Planning in Japan, Tokyo: Jichitai Kenkyuu Sha
Hibata, Yasui. World History of Urban Planning, Tokyo: Kodansha Shinsho
Koshizawa, Akira. Urban Planning of Tokyo, Tokyo: Iwanami Shinsho

Assessment criteria and methods

Level of understanding of basic thoughts of planning and of skill to interpret the history of an area and utilize it to planning
End of Term Report (100%)

Related courses

  • CVE.D211 : Introduction to National Land Use and City Planning
  • ARC.P305 : National and City Planning

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