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Urban Renaissance by htkay
April 5, 2009, 7:15 am
Filed under: Architecture, City Studies, Development, Education, Tokyo

The Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) is working throughout Tokyo confronting social problems and problems that may arise in the future;

“Japan is currently faced with various new challenges that must be confronted in order to revive attractive and energetic cities in which people shine with joy”

As part of their presentation the UR took us to their presentation room at Harumi Triton Square which had a huge scale model of central Tokyo.

 

 

The model has taken three years to construct, and is a working progress as the development of Tokyo is ongoing

The model has taken three years to construct, and is a working progress as the development of Tokyo is ongoing

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The UR revolves around its five ‘core factors’;

  1. Revival of “idle land” into multipurpose communities
  2. Creation of new bases for the upcoming generations in which people, products and culture are entwined
  3. Aiming for the realisation of safe cities that can withstand earthquakes and fire disasters
  4. Realisation of comfortable living with work and living spaces within close proximity
  5. Renew cities and lifestyles by reconstructing old housing

 

There are reclaimed islands in Tokyo Bay on which planning permission is being sought and final surveys are being carried out

There are reclaimed islands in Tokyo Bay on which planning permission is being sought and final surveys are being carried out

 

 

The UR presentation made sense of the apparent organised madness we had seen up to this point and was a brilliant way to start our week of exploring Tokyo.

More information on the UR and their five ‘core factors’ can be found at their website;

http://www.ur-net.go.jp/profile/english/index.html

 

Harry

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