2021 Theory and History 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 urban regeneration and sustainability after the 20th century and covers the fundamentals of urbanism and environmental design in Japan.
At first, we focus on experimental urban regeneration in the early 20th century and the progress of urban regeneration after the World WarⅡ.
Second, we focus on issues of urban regeneration and social design projects in recent years.
In the latter half of this course, we focus on principles, movements and progress of urban regeneration.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the field of urban regeneration.
2) Understand principles and progressive concepts of urban regeneration.


Reconstruction plan and projects, ,CIAM, Urban renewal, Urban conservation,Incrementalism,
Sustainable city, Spatial planning, Urban conditions,
Urban assets, Urban context, Urban village, Urban Renaissance , Urban Task Force, City-center improvement

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 Key issues of urban regeneration 1)Social and economical backgrounds Explain social backgrounds of urban regeneration.
Class 2 Key issues of urban regeneration 2)Historical and cultural backgrounds Explain cultural backgrounds of urban regeneration.
Class 3 Progress of urban regeneration 1)After the World WarⅡand 1960's Explain the point of urban regeneration after the World WarⅡ.
Class 4 Progress of urban regeneration 2)From the 1970's to the 2000's Explain the point of urban regeneration from the 1990's to the 2000's.
Class 5 Theory and the principle of urban regeneration Explain the beginning and the principles of urban regeneration in Japan.
Class 6 Methods and the process of urban regeneration Understand methods and the process of urban regeneration
Class 7 Diversity and creativity of urban regeneration Understand diversity and creativity of urban regeneration.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


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, Handbook of Environmental Design; Urban regeneration, Tokyo:Maruzen. ISBN: 978-4-621-08756-5 C3352 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

1)Students will be assessed on their understanding of the origin and the progress of urban regeneration, 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.D401 : Historic Perspective of Space I
  • UDE.D402 : Topics of Meaning and Design of Place
  • UDE.D413 : Urban Renewal
  • UDE.D505 : The Principles of Sociospace

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

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

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