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Shigeru Satoh

Professor Emeritus
Waseda University, Research Institute of Urban and Regional study

He has spearheaded the Japanese Machizukuri movement (a community-based comprehensive approach to improving built environmental practices) both in theory and actual practice. His basic ideas on urban design and planning are deeply rooted in local potential and inherited cultural context.

Subjects: Urban Planning

Biography

Dr. Satoh (Bsc, MA.Eng., PhD) is Professor Emeritus of Waseda University, and former Director of Research Institute of Urban and Regional Study, and former President of Architectural Institute of Japan. He has spearheaded the Japanese Machizukuri movement (a community-based comprehensive approach to improving built environmental practices) both in theory and actual practice. His basic ideas on urban design and planning are deeply rooted in local potential and inherited cultural context. For the same, he has established a research methodology based on urban morphological method for inner city areas composed of high-density old wooden structures, as well as for historic Japanese castle towns (Joka-machi in Japanese). An understanding of the morphological transformational process is critical to contextual urban and community design, he argues. Some contemporary urban design Machizukuri practices studied and designed mainly by his laboratory are also presented with drawings maps and illustrated diagrams.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Urban Design and Planning, Urban Morphology, Planning History of Japanese and Asian Cities,

Books

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 Featured Title - Japanese Machizukuri and Community Engagement - SATOH - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Routledge,2017, pp.269-280, “Cultures of Sustainability and Wellbeing”, edited by Paola Spinozzi,

apanese castle towns as models for contemporary urban planning, “Cultures of Sustainability and Wellbeing”


Published: Feb 16, 2020 by Routledge,2017, pp.269-280, “Cultures of Sustainability and Wellbeing”, edited by Paola Spinozzi,
Authors: Shigeru Satoh
Subjects: Urban Planning

Almost all cities in Japan were originally constructed as castle towns. The apparently chaotic spatial composition of these castle towns, built in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, makes it difficult to identify the design principles on which these towns as a whole were organised. The purpose of this paper is to clarify some urban design principles inherent in Japanese urbanism that were applied to the design of the castle towns.

Towards Sustainable Cities, ed. Andre Sorensen, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2004

Sustainable Community Improvement in Japan: Infill Redevelopment where Everyone can Continue to Live


Published: Feb 16, 2020 by Towards Sustainable Cities, ed. Andre Sorensen, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2004
Authors: Shigeru Satoh
Subjects: Urban Planning

This paper suggests that those socio-spatial patterns and the individuals who create them possess essential information for continuing the viable, diverse life of the city. When carefully cultivated through a process of consensus, they can serve as a basis for an integrated method of socially and environmentally sustainable redevelopment.

Japan Architectural Review, vol. 2 . no. 2. pp. 127–142, doi: 10.1002/2475-8876.12084

Evolution and methodology of Japanese machizukuri for the improvement of living environments


Published: Jan 11, 2019 by Japan Architectural Review, vol. 2 . no. 2. pp. 127–142, doi: 10.1002/2475-8876.12084
Authors: Shigeru Satoh
Subjects: Urban Planning

Machizukuri emerged as a way for residents to solve local community problems autonomously and, throughout the past half century. This paper describes its history, the various methods accumulated through continuous practice, and its achievements and prospects, as follows, context in which Japanese machizukuri was born, its evolutive process, the research and practical development of machizukuri, finally, the future prospects and challenges of machizukuri.

“Design As Democracy” edited by Hester,2018,  T.Randlph

Machizukuri: Visualizing Sequential Future


Published: Feb 16, 2017 by “Design As Democracy” edited by Hester,2018, T.Randlph
Authors: Naomi Uchida, Shigeru Satoh
Subjects: Urban Planning

Tha Machizukuri Visualizing Sequential Futures is a simulation technique for presenting alternative design proposals at eye level. The technique uses building models with the pictures of actual facades on them and a small video camera to create realistic moving pictures.

Alexandrine press, Built Environment

Urban Design and Change in Japanese Castle Towns,


Published: Feb 16, 1999 by Alexandrine press, Built Environment
Authors: Shigeru Satoh
Subjects: Urban Planning

This paper explores urban form and design in Japanese castle towns of the Edo period — the most common urban type, from which most of today's cities have developed. Original layouts, Feng-Tsui design principles, and more modern adaptations of form are explored.