2018 Theories of Urban and Community Design

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Mano Yosuke 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on urban and community design after the 20th century and covers the fundamentals of urbanism and environmental design in Japan.
At first, we focus on experimental urban design in the early 20th century and the progress of urban design after the World WarⅡ.
Second, we focus on issues of urban design in recent years.
In the latter half of this course, we focus on principles, movements and progress of community design.
Finally, we focus on planning processes and methods through some practices.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the field of urban design.
2) Understand the progress of urban design.
3) Understand the whole process of community design.


Reconstruction plan and projects,Urban expanding plan, CIAM, Image of the city, Machizukuri, Citizen participation, Incrementalism, Sustainable Community,The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake disaster,The Great East-Japan Earthquake disaster, Urban renewal, Urban conservation, Planning process, Planned Communities, New towns

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

1) At the beginning of each class, summary of previous class is reviewed.
2) Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The origin of urban design 1)From 19th century to the early 20th century Explain the origin of urban design.
Class 2 The origin of urban design 2)After the World WarⅡ Explain the point of urban design after the World WarⅡ.
Class 3 Progress of urban design 1)From the 1960's to the 1980's Explain the point of urban design from the 1960's to the 1980's.
Class 4 Progress of urban design 2)From the 1990's to the 2000's Explain the point of urban design from the 1990's to the 2000's.
Class 5 The beginning and the principle of community design in Japan Explain the beginning and the principles of community design in Japan.
Class 6 Progress of community design in Japan Explain the progress of community design in Japan.
Class 7 Methods and the process of community design Understand methods and the process of community design.
Class 8 Diversity and creativity of community design Understand diversity and creativity of community design.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1)Ito, Masaharu and Mano,Yosuke et al. Urban planning and Machizukuri in Japan. Tokyo:Shokokusya. ISBN:978-4-395-00902-2 C3052 (Japanese)
2)Architectural Institute of Japan, Textbook series of community design: 1)Method of community design. Tokyo:Maruzen. ISBN:4-621-07419-9 C3352 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

1)Students will be assessed on their understanding of the origin and the progress of urban design and community design, and their ability to apply them to solve problems.
2)Students' course scores are based on midterm reports(40%) and final reports(60%).

Related courses

  • UDE.D443 : Practices of Urban and Community Design
  • UDE.D410 : The Principles of Community Design
  • UDE.D447 : Introduction to Urban Development
  • UDE.D404 : Topics of Townscape
  • UDE.D409 : Planning Theory
  • UDE.D501 : Introduction to Tourism Planning

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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