Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Human-Environment Studies
Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies
Department of Architecture, School of Engineering
We focus attention on the relationship between human activities and space from the viewpoint of architectural planning studies, and work on researches on local Machizukuri and building planning, and are exploring better ways of planning.
Our lab is divided into two teams, Machizukuri Study Team and Architectural Planning Study Team. The main research activities of Machizukuri Team are as follows: 1) Improvement of residential environment in high-density residential areas and slope residential areas; 2) Continual support activities for Machizukuri participated by local residents; 3) Research activities on living environment jointly with resident groups and administrative organizations. Architectural Planning Study Team conducts research on various building-type architecture, such as schools, libraries and housing complexes and so on.
In recent years, research activities have focused on developing methods for creating neighborhoods in slope residential areas. Living conditions in residential areas of hillside areas have been deteriorating due to the decrease of population and the increase of vacant houses. Together with residents' management organizations in the residential area, we set up different methods of Machizukuri in different area on the basis of resident self-management. In practice, we conducted joint investigation and research activities with resident management organizations and shared the research results. We hope that the effectiveness and influence of Machizukuri activities can be expanded in residential areas.