Japanese Urban Environment

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Japan has led the world in urban innovation, design and planning, with cities that successfully combine high population with functionality, cleanliness and low levels of crime. The Japanese Urban Environment sets out to explain the reasons for this success, showing how both natural and human-made factors influence urban life. Interdisciplinary, comprehensive and up-to-date, this major new book shows how the physical cityscape of climate, buildings and infrastructure interacts with social and cultural factors to ...
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Japan has led the world in urban innovation, design and planning, with cities that successfully combine high population with functionality, cleanliness and low levels of crime. The Japanese Urban Environment sets out to explain the reasons for this success, showing how both natural and human-made factors influence urban life. Interdisciplinary, comprehensive and up-to-date, this major new book shows how the physical cityscape of climate, buildings and infrastructure interacts with social and cultural factors to produce a unique environment. With contributions by a wide range of Japanese specialists, this work addresses the full complexity of the urban environment. The authors show how a dynamic synthesis of traditional Eastern socio-cultural influences with Western building and engineering techniques led to the modern Japanese city.

Japan has led the world in urban innovation, design and planning, successfully combining high population with functionality, cleanliness and low levels of crime.

The Japanese Urban Environment sets out to explain the reasons for this success, showing how both natural and human-made factors influence urban life. Interdisciplinary, comprehensive and up-to-date, this major new book shows how the physical cityscape of climate, buildings and infrastructure interacts with social and cultural factors to produce a unique environment.

Divided into four parts, the volume addresses

• the social, cultural and physical determinants of the Japanese urban environment, showing how cultural values have influenced the historical evolution of cities

• the climate, energy use and leisure provision in the city from an environmental perspective

• the infrastructure of the Japanese city and its growth since the Second World War, illustrating how technical 'hardware', such as the subway systems, operates effectively because of the social, economic and cultural 'software'.

• the future of urban design in Japan, indicating the impact of national and local planning, the uses of advanced technology and methods for urban redevelopment

With contributions by a wide range of Japanese specialists, this work addresses the full complexity of the urban environment. The authors show how a dynamic synthesis of traditional Eastern socio-cultural influences with Western building and engineering techniques led to the modern Japanese city.

Edited with extensive introductions to each section by Gideon Golany, the Japanese Urban Environment makes existing Japanesescholarship available to a wider audience. Scholars and policy makers will discover remarkable insights into successful urban design which can be applied to the cities across the industrialised and newly industrialising world

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  • ISBN-13: 9780080433592
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 3/12/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 416

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Contributors' Biographies
Preface
Introduction: Japanese Urban Environment
Pt. I Social, Cultural, and Physical Determinants of the Japanese Urban Environment
Introduction 2
A Metabolism, Symbiosis, and Culture of Japanese Cities 5
B The Heart of Tokyo: Today's Reality and Tomorrow's Vision 25
C Urban Conservation and Landscape Management: The Kyoto Case 39
D The Human Environments of Tokyo: Past, Present and Future - A Spatial Approach 57
E Social Safety and Security through Urban Design 75
Pt. II Japanese Urban Environment and Human Comfort
Introduction 96
A The Present and Future State of Urban Warming in Tokyo Metropolitan Area 99
B The Contributions of Sea Breeze and Natural Coverings to Urban Thermal Environment: The Case of Fukuoka City 117
C Thermal Comfort in Japanese Urban Spaces 134
D Changes in Tokyo's Waterfront Environment 147
E Efficient Energy Use in Japanese Cities 178
Pt. III Infrastructure of the Japanese Cityscape
Introduction 194
A Tokyo's Infrastructure, Present and Future 197
B Infrastructural Planning to Upgrade Social Quality of Life in Regional Districts 219
C Subway Network Development in Japanese Cities 236
D Urban Transportation and Environment 252
Pt. IV Urban Planning and Design: The Present and Future in Japan
Introduction 266
A National and Local Urban Development Plans of Japan 268
B Advanced Technology in Urban Development 283
C Urban Redevelopment Methods in Japan 303
D Japan's Urban Environment: The Potential of Technology in Future City Concepts 324
E Nodal System Planning for a Medium-size City 337
Final Conclusion 347
Japanese Urban Environment Bibliography (1990 and After) 352
Author Index 359
Subject Index 363
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