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Japanese Studies


Learning From Tokyo’s Emergent Urbanism

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Time and Location

October 26, 6am ET (October 26, 7pm JST)


Tokyo is one of the planet’s most vibrant and livable cities, a megacity that somehow remains intimate and adaptive. However, few outsiders understand Tokyo’s inner workings compared to Western metropolises like New York or Paris. For cities around the globe mired in crisis and seeking new models for the future, Tokyo’s success at balancing massive growth and local communal life poses a challenge: can we design other cities to emulate its best qualities? Jorge Almazán will address this question by presenting some of the conclusions of his recent book “Emergent Tokyo: Designing the Spontaneous City.” This year, the book has been nominated for the Hayek Book Prize by the Manhattan Institute and selected as a finalist for the Pattis Family Foundation Global Cities Book Award by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. This recognition suggests an increasing interest in the US in Tokyo as a potential model to rethink American cities.

Questions are encouraged during the live event. Register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom.

Professor Jorge Almazán is an architect based in Tokyo and an associate professor at Keio University. After graduating from the Architecture School of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, he obtained his Ph.D. at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His office, Jorge Almazán Architects, is committed to environmentally responsible and socially inclusive projects. His awarded architectural designs for urban regeneration include the First Prize of the Ota City Urban Landscape Award (2019) and the Japan Institute of Architects’ Excellence Award (2018, 2022). He recently published “Emergent Tokyo: Designing the spontaneous city” (Oro Editions, 2021) and its Japanese version (Gakugei Shuppan, 2022).

This event will be recorded and archived on YCAPS’ YouTube channel Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies – YouTube.

For more information visit:
GTKJ- Tokyo-Emergent-Urbanism – YCAPS
Series webpage: Know Japan – YCAPS

This event is supported through the Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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