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Urban and Environmental
Regional Design Laboratory
Hideaki Shimura
Professor, Department of Architecture
School of Architecture
Architecture and Civil Engineering in Master's Program
Regional Environment Systems in Doctoral Program
Location: Toyosu Campus
Laboratory Overview
Regional and community design
We are conducting research by collaboration with citizens, various experts and students, widely in society not limited to the university.The home laboratory is located at Toyosu Campus, but we also have a “Machinaka Laboratory” as a research base for research activities in Tsukishima Chuo Ward.Not only do we aim to accumulate of research results, but we aim to make sure that research contributes to society reliably and build a network of human resources who practically experienced town planning.
Laboratory Character Tokyo is called the “capital of water”, and the charm of the waterfront attracts again. Especially Koto Ward has many internal rivers and canals which are interspersed, and Toyosu area is also expected to utilize waterfront. We are working on utilization of waterfront with residents to realize an attractive space by utilizing waterfront. In 2011, we held a ” floating cafe” as a social experiment using the Toyosu Canal Bridge located behind Shibaura Institute of Technology as a social experiment. Also, we support “Toyosu Suisai Festival” held at the same place in the summer.
Research Outputs You can review research papers in the website below.
Laboratory Research Field
Community planning City planning Community design Place making  
Recent Research Topics
Method of community design workshop        
Affiliated Conferences
Architectural Institute of Japan        
For Social Contributions to the World Sustainability First, it is not limited to designing an urban space becoming dense and high-rise, and it is to deal with revival of historical townscapes and landscapes, preservation of a community space or maintenance of “garden” and natural environment. Second, it is not only designing a physical space, but also designing a space with elements of the space from reading local community and historical context in its background. The population of Japan is decreasing. Economic growth does not go well, and the city can not grow steadily. “Demolition of the city” has already begun in the countryside and people will begin to live between big cities and rural villages by identifying “quality of place” and choosing.
Related Industries
City planning Architecture Local government    
Applicable Industrial Fields
City planning Architecture      
Instruments and Devices in this Laboratory
Visual simulation system        
Research Seeds
community participation