2019 Practices of Urban Regeneration

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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 the practice of urban regeneration and regional revitalization.
At first, we focus on current issues of urban regeneration and regional revitalization in Japan.
In the latter half of this course, we focus on the planning processes and design skills of urban regeneration in practice.
Finally, we focus on some scenarios and solutions of sustainable strategy.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the whole process of urban regeneration projects.
2)Review and analyze urban regeneration projects in Japan.
3)Propose some solutions of regional revitalization in Japanese historical cities.


Planning process, Temporary use of public space, Urban blighted area,
Rehabilitation of historical buildings and districts,
Framework plan, Development partnerships,
Project management, Social design

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 Issues of urban design and regional revitalization in practice Explain key issues of urban regeneration and regional revitalization in practice.
Class 2 Practices of urban regeneration and regional revitalization: 1) Urban reconstruction planning and projects in recent Japan Understand fields and visions of urban reconstruction plan and projects.
Class 3 Practices of urban regeneration and regional revitalization: 2)Alternative approach to regional revitalization in recent Japan Understand alternative approaches to regional revitalization.
Class 4 Urban rehabilitation and social design in Japanese historical city. Understand key approaches to living environment and social design.
Class 5 Practice of creative city in Japan, Part1 Explain key issues of creative city.
Class 6 Practice of creative city in Japan, Part2 Explain key projects of creative cities.
Class 7 Local initiative and partnership of regional revitalization Understand the steps of local initiative and partnership.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

1)Students will be assessed on their understanding of urban regeneration and regional revitalization in practice, 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.D506 : The Practice of Sociospace
  • UDE.D413 : Urban Renewal
  • UDE.D503 : Tourism Planning Practice
  • UDE.D471 : Principles of Public Systems Design

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

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

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