Making of Urban Japan Cities and Planning from Edo to the Twenty First Century

ISBN-10: 0415354226
ISBN-13: 9780415354226
Edition: 2002
Authors: Andre Sorensen
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List price: $70.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

During the twentieth century Japan was transformed from a poor, primarily rural country into one of the world's largest industrial powers and most highly urbanized countries. Interestingly, while Japanese governments and planners borrowed carefully from the planning ideas and methods of many other countries, Japanese urban planning, urban governance and cities developed very differently from those of other developed countries. Japan's distinctive patterns of urbanization are partly a product of the highly developed urban system, urban traditions and material culture of the pre-modern period, which remained influential until well after the Pacific War. A second key influence has been the dominance of central government in urban affairs, and its consistent prioritization of economic growth over the public welfare or urban quality of life. André Sorensen examines Japan's urban trajectory from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, paying particular attention to the weak development of Japanese civilsociety, local governments, and land development and planning regulations. This is the first book to comprehensively examine the phenomenon of Japanese urbanization and planning, revealing both the many real successes of Japanese urban management, and many of its resounding failures. Japan's distinctiveness makes it an important case study of urbanisation and its management, and helps to put into perspective the major urban and regional planning issues faced by the other developed countries, as well as sounding a timely warning to the rapidly urbanizing countries of Asia.

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The Meiji Period: Establishing Modern traditions
Taishu Period Urbanization and the Development of the 1919 Planning System
Japan's First Urban Planning System
Post-war Reconstruction and Rapid Economic Growth
Environmental Crisis and the New City Planning System of 1968
Implementing the New City Planning System
From Planning Deregulation to the Bubble Economy
The Era of Local Rights: Master plans, Machizukuri and historical preservation
Japanese Urbanization and Planning

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