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Thursday, April 5 • 3:10pm - 4:35pm
TH3.10.13 Ongoing and Future Challenges on Urban Spaces in Post-Growth Japan

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Japan presents an interesting opportunity to observe the challenges influencing urban environments in post-industrial societies. Apart from commercialization and commodification of public spaces and large-scale redevelopment projects redefining neighborhoods, Japan is also experiencing rapidly advancing depopulation, triggered by low-birth rates and an aging population. These phenomena are transforming its cities and urban spaces which will need to readapt to the new reality while sustaining their social qualities. The papers in this panel aim to discuss the ways through which urban spaces are reacting to Japan’s post-growth contemporary socioeconomic reality. Taking different approaches and case studies, the panelists will explore this issue at multiple scales: from the commodification of place identity of urban areas or the metamorphosis of public space in large redevelopment projects to the role of religious facilities in changing neighborhoods or the near disappearance of a town. In making this analysis, our panelists want to critically evaluate current mechanisms and open a dialogue to explore possible future ways of action.

Moderator: Zdenka Havlova, University of Tokyo 

Place Identity and Ongoing Railway-Led Urban Development in Tokyo: Towards a Commodified Identity?
Marco Reggiani, University of Tokyo

Questioning Publicness: Expulsion, Direction, and Monitoring in Multi-Layered Public Spaces in Tokyo 
Zdenka Havlova, University of Tokyo

The Potential for Networked Public Space in Tokyo's Four Religious Sites
Kaon Ko, Tokyo University of Science

The Slow Death of Yubari City: Social Responses to the Disappearance of a Japanese Mining City 
Fernando Ortiz-Moya, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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Fernando Ortiz-Moya, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Assistant Professor in Architecture and the Built Environment, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Fernando Ortiz-Moya is an Assistant Professor in Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China. His teaching interests revolve around architectural and urban design and the different ways our physical environment can promote social integration... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 3:10pm - 4:35pm EDT
Roosevelt (2nd Floor)