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Urban Water in Japan

1st Edition

Edited by Rutger de Graaf, Fransje Hooimeijer

CRC Press

242 pages

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Water control is essential to Japan, as more than half of its invested capital is concentrated in elevations under sea level and the majority of the island nation is exceptionally vulnerable to flooding. To avoid potential crisis, the Japanese have developed exceptionally innovative water management practices. Offering the unique perspective of Dutch engineers, considered the world’s most progressive urban water experts, this volume provide a detailed look at how Japan has developed its modern water system. It looks at the system of Tokyo city, discusses river management practices and urban flood control throughout the country, and considers the impact that these innovations have had on delta regions.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Urban Development Versus the Water System in Tokyo. The Urban Water System in Tokyo. The Development of Modern River Management in Japan. Urban Flood Control in Japan. Urbanisation in Lowland Areas. Parallel Plan Making Approach for Urban Water Management. Operation and Maintenance of Urban Water Systems. Lessons for Delta Areas.

About the Editors

Rutger de Graaf studied Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology. After his cum laude M.Sc. graduation on the transitions to more sustainable urban water management and water supply (2005), he worked on water management in the Jobaru river basin at Saga University, Japan. His dissertation work is part of the program ‘Living with Water' and focuses on developing new concepts for urban water systems to reduce the vulnerability of urban areas to floods and droughts. Moreover, it deals with the societal change and transition processes involved. Rutger is founding partner of Deltasync, a research and design group that was awarded first prizes for the design of the floating city 'IJmeer' in the international Royal Haskoning Deltacompetition (2006) and in the Dutch Climate Contest (2007).

Fransje Hooimeijer studied Art & Culture Science at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and specialized in the history and theory of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. After seven years of independent practice she is currently working on ‘The New Dutch Water City’, at the faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology department Urbanism. She investigates past, present and future relationships between urban design and water management in polder cities.

About the Series

Urban Water Series

Volumes 1-9, Series Editors: Cedo Maksimovic (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK) and Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa (Division of Water Sciences, International Hydrological Programme (IHP) UNESCO, Paris, France).
Volumes 10-onwards, Series Editor: Cedo Maksimovic (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK).

This book series covers integrated approaches to sustainable urban water management and focuses on the role of water in cities and the effects of urbanization on the hydrological cycle and water resources. The series is intended not only for water and environmental specialists, including urban water management practitioners, policy-makers and educators, but also for other professionals such as urban planners, water economists and researchers dealing with urban water issues throughout the world. Volumes 1-9 (series editors Cedo Maksimovic and Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa) are available in hardback and paperback, are co-published by Taylor & Francis and UNESCO Publishing and present the major outcomes of UNESCO’s Sixth International Hydrological Programme (IHP VI, 2002-2007). Volumes 10 and onwards (series editor Cedo Maksimovic) are available in hardback. The series complements the Urban Water Journal, likewise published by Taylor & Francis (www.tandfonline.com/nurw).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply