International Urban Design Studio 2017, Urawa-Misono District, Tokyo
Pang, Gabriel Jian
Veriah, Revathi Roopini
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In the face of critical concerns about climate change and explosive urban population growth, cities worldwide are beginning to explore how “Smart City” approaches can address these challenges. The 2017 Urban Design Studio explores how the design, planning, and management of cities can create a resilient urban fabric, flexible enough to accommodate ongoing growth and capable of absorbing inevitable future environmental shocks. The Studio investigates one of 2020 Summer Olympic Game sites, Urawa Misono, a satellite town of Tokyo’s metropolitan region, as a pilot for this approach. Working with partners at the University of Tokyo, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and the Global Carbon Project (GCP) we explore the role of smart city technologies, ecological performance modeling, and third-party sustainability certifications in designing an alternative future for Urawa Misono. Our resulting proposal is an ecologically responsive, disaster-resilient and human-sensing urban environment. A highly interdisciplinary effort, this studio was led by Dr. Perry Yang (Georgia Institute of Technology), Dr. Yoshiki Yamagata (Global Carbon Project and National Institute for Environmental Studies), and Dr. Akito Murayama (University of Tokyo). Studio participants include Georgia Tech graduate students from architecture, city planning, policy, industrial design and interactive computing.