Current Research Fields

Here, we have explained our current and past research projects undertaken by the division, in short, according to fields of research. Homepage of each individual research field can be reached from the research field title.

Adaptation to Demographic Change リンク

Japanese cities need some restructuring and reorganization to appropriate urban structure and land use, to create and maintain sustainabile and livable communities under the population decline and aging circumstances. However, some painful side effects are expected. Therefore, we are developing such planning methods and support tools as "Assessment Model of Future Urban and Regional Visions," "Land Suitability Assessment Model," and etc., to be applied at the locality.

Land and Building Use Control System for the Mature Society リンク

Due to recent trend of urban population and industry, and maturation of existing built-up areas, or to support policy for intensive urban structure formation, our urban land and building use control system deserves some revision, from use location control under the urban expansion circumstnaces to uniformize use and form of developments, to planning and regulation corrensponding to urban maturation or shrinkage circumstances allowing certain level of mixed use and form. We are working to support such revisions by such as studying on performance based zoning and building use control systems to harmonize urban dynamism with livable environment.

Methodology for Urban Greenery Survey and Effect Evaluation リンク

We are working to develop methodogy to survery conditions and trends of urban greenery, and spatial urban greenery structure, using up-to-date airborne laser (LiDAR) measurement technology, which developed rapidly in recentl years. We are also working to develop methodogy to calculate quantative low-carbon effect of urban greenery through their improvement of urban thermal environment.

Disaster Prevention for Housing Land リンク

Unprecedented ground liquefaction damage were caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Recurrence prevention measures are desired in affected areas, however, there are little practical examples of antiliquefaction to area with existing buildings. In cooperation with the MLIT City Bureau, we are developing technologies to assist affected municipal governments to whom urgent support is necessary. For example, "Analysis Tool on Soil Liquefaction Potential for Housing Land" can be downloaded from our homepage.

Other Research Themes リンク

In cooperation with other research departments and divisions, we are also working on research topics such as, the role of urban (land use) planning to prepare for the increasing flood risk due to future climate change, and the planning process of the restoration plans from the Tsunami damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake.