This laboratory is conducting research on urban planning and traffic planning
in the Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Urban Management.
Our laboratory can be classified as a "planning systems" laboratory. Students are pursuing PhDs or Master's degrees in Urban Management, this lab is not for fourth year students, working in Civil Engineering or Global Engineering.
※Previous Research is here
Empirical Research to Improve the Charm and Vitality of Cities
Cities play a variety of roles in people's lives.
They serve as a place of work, play, and leisure.
Land use causes a number of concerns, especially when considering environmental, landscape and transportation issues.
We work towards solutions for these problems in order to increase attractiveness of cities, improve longevity, and enhance the beauty of the space.
In addition to theoretical research, we work with real situations and examine how theory can turn into practice in real cities.
We observe and analyze real cities in order to learn from real world situations.
Areas of Study
- Road Maintenance
- Public transportation preparedness
- Land-Use Measures and Policies
- Urban Environment
- Metropolitan Statistical Analysis
- Evaluation of theory of transport infrastructure development in cities
- Urban public transport policy, such as rail, bus, and light rail.
- Tourism and urban vitality
- Studying the charm and bustle of a city
- Contribute to the improvement of cities as a whole, specifically to their health and charm.
- We research solutions to environmental and transportation issues.
- Perform theoretical and real world studies to analyze and evaluate urban activity.
Examples of our research
Examination of the City - Urban Structure vs. Traffic Reduction
The study focused on how the city developed around mass transit systems available within the city.
Various structural and numerical models were created to measure this phenomenon.
If road length and traffic patterns are taken into consideration, the development of commercial and residential districts will also be affected.
Urban structure will be adjusted based on the prevalence or absence of roads.
International Comparison of Rail Service Frequency and Urban Structure
When building compact cities it is important to have adequate rail service ot provide for the people who live there.
However, it is often the case that rail service is inadequate or that trains do not stop frequently enough to be of use.
In order to understand the effects of rail access and frequency of stops we studied empirical data to measure how the population in the immediate area has changed.
In the figure below you can see population density around rail stations in Germany.
The figure shows that population increases around stations and is drawn away from areas with no rail access.
The creation of a public transportation system to revitalize a city
Auto dependent cities are known to be more harmful to the environmental
and generally less convenient than cities with developed public transportation.
However, to fully understand how the impact is reduced it is important to study the structure of the city and measure how it changes when auto dependence is mitigated.
Since convenience is the key to reducing auto dependence, we also study how to make railways more convenient in order to decrease the environmental impact of a city.
Southern Kyoto is a prime example of this phenomenon.
Rail lines are inconvenient for residents and as a result we can see low density, auto dependent housing sprouting up.
In cooperation with Kyoto University Urban Policy Unit for the Low Carbon Society our lab worked on an experiment to create a door to door bus for residents.
On the left is a photo showing the low density of the housing in the area and on the right is a photo of the experimental bus.