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Architecture and Design
Exploring The Possibilities of Space
Laboratory of the Building System Design
Kazunobu Minami
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
Design of the Sustainable Building for our future
Kazunobu Minami is an architect who has worked for the Japanese government since 1981. He has received several awards for his design work, including the Best Architecture Award from Chiba City, and the International Illumination Design Award. He also received the best book award from the Association of Urban Housing Sciences in 2016. He obtained his PhD in architecture from the University of Tokyo, and his MSc from MIT. He was a joint coordinator of CIB W104-Open Building Implementation from October 2003 to 2010.
Laboratory Character (1)Sustainability of building and city (2) Research on the theory and the method of an architectural design (3) Research on the implementation of Open Building Theory in the continuous improvement of built environment (4) Research on the development and control of the urban environment (5) Research of the facilities management and corporate real estate management
Research Outputs You can review research papers in the website below.
Laboratory Research Field
Loose-fit Architecture Open Building Thematic Design Adaptability of Infill Transformation in time
Intervention by occupants vernacular architecture      
Recent Research Topics
Japanese Innovation in Adaptable Homes The Adaptability of Collective Housing in Japan The efforts to develop longer life housing with adaptability in Japan The Development of Infill System for Long Life Housing in Japan  
Affiliated Conferences
Architectural Institute of Japan CIB W104 (International Council For Research And Innovation In Building And Construction Open Building Implementation) Science Council of Japan Association of Urban Housing Sciences Docomomo International
Institute new urban housing Association        
For Social Contributions to the World Sustainability In recent years, Dr. Minami has devoted himself in the research of the development of the longer life housing and the sustainability of building and city. He has been a member of the national research committee to develop the design method and guidelines for longer life housing and published papers such as “The New Japanese Housing Policy and Research and Development to Promote the Longer Life of Housing” presented at the CIB conference. From April 2010, Dr. Minami has been chairing a research committee at the Architectural Institute of Japan to study how to improve the present laws concerning architecture and city planning to establish the sustainable society in the future. He is also working for the national committee to recognize the industrialized housing in Japan.
Related Industries
Architectural Design Construction Housing Rea Estate Development  
Applicable Industrial Fields
Architectural design Housing design Improvement of existing building    
Instruments and Devices in this Laboratory
3D scanner Numerical Control Router KUKA robot    
Research Seeds
Design of Building and Housing Research of built environment based on the Open Building theory