2019 Urban Planning and Development in Japan

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

This lecture provides the general history of Japanese cities, the contemporary urban planning system of Japan, and current issues relating to the Japanese cities.
The aim of the lecture is to give basic knowledge on Japanese cities and how we plan these cities, particularly for those students who are not familiar with Japanese cities or urban planning.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will :
1) have acquired general knowledge on Japanese cities and urban planning in Japan
2) have gained knowledge as to how the Japanese cities have been developed since the beginning of the modern era
3) be able to understand what issues the contemporary Japanese cities have to tackle


Japanese cities, Urban planning, Planning history, Urban planning system, Urban design

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 lecture will be provided in English and in an intensive form, mainly Saturdays in June and July. The detailed lecture schedule will be announced at the beginning of the 1st quarter.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 History of Japanese Planning and Development 1 To undertand Japanese cities immediately after the modernization; to understand the common goals through Japanese urban planning
Class 2 History of Japanese Planning and Development 2 To understand the genesis of Japanese urban planning system; to understand how the Japanese cities have been developed in the post-war period
Class 3 Japanese Urban Planning System 1 To understand the overall picture of the Japanese urban planning system; to understand the basic knowledge of masterplan and land use control
Class 4 Japanese Urban Planning System 2 To understand the urban development system
Class 5 Japanese Urban Planning System 3 To understand the decision-making process of urban planning
Class 6 Issues in Japanese Planning 1: Planning for Population Decreasing Society To understand planning for population decreasing society
Class 7 Issues in Japanese Planning 2: Planning for Disaster Prevention To understand planing for disaster prevention
Class 8 Issues in Japanese Planning 3: Urban Renewal and Regeneration To understand urban renewal and regeneration
Class 9 Issues in Japanese Planning 4: Historic Conservation and Design Control To understand histric concervation and design control
Class 10 Issues in Japanese Planning 5: Planning for Low Carbon City To understand planning for low carbon city
Class 11 Presentation by students To give a presentation on urban planning of your home city
Class 12 Presentation by students To give a presentation on urban planning of your home city
Class 13 Site visit To understand the Japanese cities through site visit


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Andre Sorensen, The Making of Urban Japan, Routledge
The lecture materials and slides will be uploaded on the OCW system. Students will be advised to download the materials in advance.

Assessment criteria and methods

By evaluating presentation by students

Related courses

  • UDE.P403 : Urban Planning

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

Recommended for students in Urban Design and Built Environment Course, Architecture Course, and Civil Engineering Course, though not excluding those overseas students with other majors. The lecture will be given in English.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Norihiro Nakai, nakai.n.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

As needed. Contact by e-mail in advance.

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