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Architecture and Design
Exploring The Possibilities of Space
Housing and Environmental Design Studio/Laboratory
Ikuro Shimizu
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
Clinical knowledge and skills. Thinking and Designing at the site where people live
When we try to design a comfortable and easy-to-live space of residence, just trying out a plan in our head does not work well. Instead, we will go to places where ordinary people live and conduct research to learn about the architecture, how to use it, and how the relationship among architecture, human, and ecology. We will try to get lots of hints as we live and spend the time together with people. We call it field work. It is the characteristic of our laboratory to write academic articles and to design based on this fieldwork world wide.
Laboratory Character We will conduct fieldwork based research on domestic and foreign rural areas, mountain villages, fishing villages, mega cities and slums. Fully utilizing ingenuity and the five senses, we research for people's better living, residential environment, whereabouts of our children, and how to use traditional houses as cultural heritages and resources.
Research Outputs You can review research papers in the website below.
Laboratory Research Field
Architectural Planning and Design Architectural Anthropology Comparative Study of Housing and Dwelling Ethnography of Architecture  
Recent Research Topics
International collaboration on preservation and utilization of traditional architecture and cultural landscapes Research on self-built construction system of wooden house in Southeast Asia Ethnographic study of sacred space Study on the interaction of ecological environment housing and human being
Study on relationship between commodity man and space in mass consumption society Study on whereabouts of the child in a modern city Research on housing development using black cotton soil in Africa
Affiliated Conferences
Architectural Institute of Japan Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology      
For Social Contributions to the World Sustainability We can give useful information to housing planning and how to activate community. For example, in a city where strangers gather in high density and live together, we can provide hints on how to live peacefully without fighting.
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