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Integrated Environmental Design Program(IEDP)

Five Design Studios

Architecture Design Studio Urban Design Studio
Surrounding Landscape Design Studio Rural Environmental Design Studio
Human Environmental Design Studio  
Architecture Design Studio
Number of credits 4
Faculty in charge Hidetoshi OHNO, Jun KANDA, Tetsuya SAKUMA, Tsuyoshi SEIKE, Jin HIDAKA
Lecturer Ben NAKAMURA (Professor, Institute of Technologists; Principal Partner, Ben Nakamura and Associates, Inc.), Atsushi YAGI (architect, Principal Partner, Atsushi Yagi Architects & Associates)
Main Topics
and Objectives
Working primarily with environments on an architectural scale, conceive of sustainable residential environments that involve the physical, the social, and the cultural so as to address demands in society today, and propose methods and designs that realize those environments.
Program Content Topic for Fiscal 2006 Studio Program: Survival Shelter Development Project
  • Research methods for creating a comfortable climate inside a shelter using little energy. Conduct trials using models.
  • Have participants experience the development process creatively by handling determination of development objectives, determination of uses, design, technical development, fabrication, and self-evaluation themselves.
  • Experience design that embodies an awareness of high-quality manufacturing in particular.
This studio does not have a written statement of purpose. The only thing that is set in advance is what is to be designed. The participants themselves will determine how the survival shelter should be used and the specifications (size, weight, materials, etc.) according to that use during the course of the studio. The only way in which the instructor takes a dominant position in this studio is in deciding the design topic. For everything after that, the instructor takes part in the studio, engages in discussion, and presents ideas on an equal level with the students. The studio procedure will be to hold project meetings once every week, proceeding from projections of demand for the survival shelter, determination of specifications, isolation of technical problems, and presentation and evaluation of technical proposals, to identification of problems, concluding with the submission of a design.
for Participants
Interest in high-quality manufacturing and practical experience (not limited to architecture, but including experience in development of machinery, equipment, etc.)
Scholarly interest in people's living environments
Interest in disaster relief, assistance for disaster victims, international humanitarian assistance, and other such social programs
Interest in organization and administration of project teams
Textbooks To be announced for each studio
Urban Design Studio
Number of credits 4
Faculty in charge Takeru KITAZAWA, Tsuyoshi SEIKE, Ryo SHIMIZU, Jin HIDAKA
Lecturer Takashi ONISHI (Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology), Junichiro OKATA (Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering), Noboru HARADA (Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering), Norihiko DAN (Architect; Principal Partner, Norihiko Dan & Associates), Taku NOHARA (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering), Kenki KURIHARA (Building Design Section, Takenaka Corporation), Hiroya MITSUMAKI (Institute of General Research for Urban Systems)
Purpose Ascertain various urban problems and draft a space plan. This plan basically centers on design that gives concrete form to images of spatial objectives, and it will incorporate a wide range of fields, from social systems and institutions, and construction and recovery of physical space, to operation by local governments and civic organizations. The aim is to acquire the insight to formulate new goals and images of society, the analytical power to clarify the background of a problem, and the ideas and techniques for conceptual planning and practical action measures.
Program Content In the first stage, an urban area will be taken up and analyzed in terms of the social economy, and residents' lives. A survey of the environment and space will also be carried out in the field. The findings will be used to create possible scenarios for which the problems and effects will be examined and verified. Methods for multifaceted evaluation that take account of the society, economy, history, and culture will be subjected to exhaustive discussion.
In the second stage, a conceptualization of the subject region will be drafted. This will again be expanded into a spatial plan and design. The area for which the conceptual plan is refined will no doubt turn out to be multilayered, including a wide region as well as, more narrowly, an urban area and a living environment.
In the third stage, participants will engage in design of policies, measures, and institutions related to space. In particular, they will engage in public space design. This will involve added examination of the principles and effects that policies and designs ought to have. To conclude, participants will analyze these, organize their findings in the form of a conceptual plan and a design, and learn how to give clear, understandable explanations as well as methods of persuasion.
Instructional Materials
and Instructors
The topic region is envisioned as a suburban Tokyo rural community primarily located in an areas bordering the Tsukuba Express Line. Major changes have been projected to occur in suburban regions in the future. The studio will involve the accumulation and ordering of a wide range of relevant information, the construction of a freely manipulable database, and the use of these sources as instructional materials. This studio will not look solely for capabilities on the problem-solving pattern, but will focus primarily on nurturing innovative thinking, abundant constructive capabilities, and advanced design capabilities. A diverse body of specialists have accordingly been requested to participate as outside lecturers. Young researchers and businesspeople will provide individual guidance. People involved in local government policies and institutions and specialists from other fields are also expected to take part.
Surrounding Landscape Design Studio
Number of credits 2
Faculty in charge Kaoru SAITO, Masahiko OHSAWA, Mikio KAJI, Hiroo OHMORI, Shigeko HARUYAMA, Kenji FUKUDA, Toshihiko SUGAI
Main Topics and Objectives The objectives here are to work up a plan for the protection and utilization of a desirable, sustainable natural environment, taking the qualities and capacities of the natural environment into account, and to acquire the fundamental planning and designing techniques needed for the range of activities from creating a specific natural environment plan to spatial design. Participants will acquire the basic techniques and methods for creating new spatial plans and designs that cut across and integrate landscape design and forestry management planning, and that incorporate appropriate analytical evaluation of the natural environment (vegetation, topography, geology, water, scenery, recreational resources, and so on) as required.
Program Content The site for practical exercises will be the University of Tokyo's Chichibu Experimental Forest. Participants will conduct planning and design of forest environments and programs for conservation and utilization for the general populace, to include local government bodies, local residents, and visitors.
  • Participants will gain a grasp of the natural environment in the study area, to include field work there. At the end, they will produce their own plan proposals or works of design created through their particular specialist approaches.
  • The experimental forest is the site for a 10-year landscaped garden improvement project. Every year, studio participants collaborate on design exercises and works. The collaborative project will be carried on in a sustained manner over a 10-year period.
    Instructional materials: To be announced for each studio.
Rural Environmental Design Studio
Number of credits 2
Faculty in charge Eiji YAMAJI and others
Main Topics and Objectives The objectives are to draft plans for protecting, developing, and improving a sustainable and desirable rural space, taking the qualities and capacities of space in the rural region into account, and to acquire the fundamental planning and design techniques for application to specific rural spaces. Participants will acquire the basic techniques and methods for creating new spatial plans and designs that cut across and integrate rural district planning, rural land utilization plans, agricultural production infrastructure plans, and rural environment improvement plans, and that incorporate appropriate analytical evaluation as required.
Program Content The primary study site for this practical exercise will be a specific rural region. Participants will first study that region to gain an overall grasp of it, and then on that basis will work up regional development plans and improvement plans for the region. The creation of plans will involve opinion surveys of the general populace, including local government bodies, local residents, and visitors, and will result in plans and designs that include the protection and utilization activities of people from a range of positions.
  • Session 1: Overview of the study site: Overview of Kamogawa City, town improvement plan, city plan, agricultural development plan
  • Session 2: Rural land utilization plans: The legal system and other considerations in land utilization
  • Session 3: The actual reality and analysis of industry: Primary, secondary, and tertiary industry
  • Session 4: Drafting rural space plans: Brainstorming
  • Session 5: Field trip: Saturday all day (counts as three periods' worth)
  • Sessions 6-8: Creating rural space plan proposals (three sessions): Group work
  • Sessions 9-10: Discussion of draft rural space plan proposals: Presentation and discussion (invite guests from Kamogawa City)
Instructional materials Kaitei noson keikakugaku [Rural Planning, Revised Edition] and other texts.
Human Environmental Design Studio
Number of credits
Faculty in charge Shuichi IWATA, Koji OKAMOTO, Satoshi SOMEYA, Masaru YARIME
Main Topics and Objectives Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of environmental design of environments that are rich and abundant for the various people concerned, and attempt design proposals, prototype development, and construction of examples.
Program Content Design is a process of giving concrete form to people's knowledge and their hearts and minds. Participants in the human environmental design studio obtain a view of people's knowledge and of their hearts and minds, and by constructing an environment that harmonizes humans, artifacts, and nature. They start on this by redesigning and reengineering artifact clusters that are familiar from their everyday lives. To do so, they employ such fundamental and multifaceted perspectives as:
  • Form, color, material, light and shadow
  • Industry, energy, economy, environmental science
  • Biology, physics, chemistry, characteristics, function
  • Heart/mind, society, value, culture, philosophy, logic
They reexamine the existing environment from these perspectives.
If science is missing from the background to design, then universality will be lost. Such design will neither spread across the entire world nor be able to withstand the weight of history. If design lacks heart and mind, then people will not accept it, and a uniquely local culture will not be created. Although design may be directed to different objects, such as furniture, toys, houses, vehicles, ships, airplanes, power stations, landscapes, the earth, and so on, this studio takes the view that the basic science, heart, and mind are the same in all.
The various studio participants select the particular object or phenomenon they feel most enthusiastic about to design. At the end, they compare, critique, and evaluate for each other those designs they each can call "my own." In doing so, they make the attempt, by thinking about what it means to call a design "our own," to consider together the raison d'etre of the human being as Homo faber.
Instructional materials To be announced for each case taken up
Related lectures "Principles of Artifact Engineering," Shuichi IWATA, Koji OKAMOTO, Sumiko IWAI


Students who register for this program are expected to have already learned architecture, urban planning, landscape gardening, green zone planning, rural planning, industrial product design, or similar design subjects as undergraduates. The aim is to further broaden, deepen, and refine their technique and knowledge of design in order to develop advanced professional practitioners in their specialties.

Certificate of Completion

Students who complete and pass three or more design studios will be awarded an Integrated Environmental Design Program Certificate of Completion (issued in the name of the Dean of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences).

Detailed inquiries about particular studios should be addressed to

Architecture Design: Hidetoshi OHNO (ohno@k.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Urban Design: Takeru KITAZAWA  (kitazawa@k.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Surrounding Landscape Design: Kaoru SAITO  (kaoru@nenv.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Rural Environmental Design: Eiji YAMAJI (yamaji@k.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Human Environmental Design: Shuichi IWATA (iwata@k.u-tokyo.ac.jp
General Information: Jin HIDAKA (j@slowmedia.net

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