Fall 2019

CRP 685D (01450)  TTH 2-5pm

This is a joint studio between the University of Texas at Austin and Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan in 2019 Fall Semester. This studio will focus on the Tokyo Megaregion and investigate urban renew and redevelopment along the Tokyo Water Bus routes. 
The Greater Tokyo Region (or capital region in Japan) is one of the most populous megaregions in the world. It is also the largest metropolitan economy in the world, with a total GDP of approximately $2 trillion in 2008. The Greater Tokyo Region is also famous for its urban redevelopment and well-connected multi-modal transportation system. In order to host the 32th Olympic Game in 2020, this region also has gone through many urban redevelopment projects in the recent years. For example, the relocation of the Tsukiji Market (Tokyo Fish Market) and the Olympic Village Development are very good examples of urban renew in high density urban regions. Thus, the Greater Tokyo Region is a perfect site for students to study large-scale urban redesign/redevelopment.

In 2019 Fall Semester, Dr. Jiao will lead 8-12 UT graduate students to visit TMU. They will stay in Tokyo for one week and work with their peers at Tokyo Metropolitan University. Students will do case-study based research, site visit, analysis and design, and planning presentations and reviews. 
The tentative design and planning site is the Asakusa neighborhood along the Tokyo Water Bus route. Asakusa is a very important historical district in Taitō, Tokyo. It is one of the transportation centers in Tokyo with easy accesses to subway, train and water bus system. Asakusa neighborhood is famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple and several other temples. It is a must-go destination for tourists and very popular among locals as well. 

Students will first explore how different transportation modes are organized and connected on site. Then they will explore how to redesign this historical area in central Tokyo to accommodate density, accessibility, history. In the meantime, students also will learn and explore how technologies (e.g. GIS, GPS, Sensors) have been used to inform the design and redevelopment process. After students return from the field trip, they will be grouped into teams with three students in every team. Students will learn how to use laser cutter machine to generate physical 3D design models. An extensive set of drawing representations and models will be produced by the studio and will be presented to varied constituencies. Students will make connections between the ideas presented in the site research, their impact on an increasingly urbanizing world in megaregions, and the ways in which urban renew can play a constructive role in the urban environment. The final deliverables will include final reports, including images and graphics files, posters describing elements, and 3D physical models. In the end, students will make final studio presentations to both domestic and international reviewers. 


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