Sustainable Cities: Japanese Perspectives on Physical and Social Structures

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Hidenori Tamagawa
United Nations University Press, 2006 - Architecture - 287 pages
Developing countries are rapidly urbanizing and most of the world's population will soon be living in cities, making it crucial to examine how cities can be developed on a sustainable basis. Japan is one of the most urbanized countries in the world and offers a remarkable series of lessons for sustainable urban planning. This book draws together experts from engineering, humanities, social sciences and mental health to introduce Japanese experiences and compare them with international research. Rapid urbanization has damaged natural and human systems in Japan and many planners are seizing upon new technologies and scientific methods as opportunities to restructure cities. However, others are focusing on the well-being of citizens and seeking to make urban society more sustainable. This book examines the tensions between sociological and technological approaches and the dichotomy between planning professionals and civil society.

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Hidenori Tamagawa is professor of the Graduate School of Urban Science at Tokyo Metropolitan University.

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