The Regeneration of The City of Diversity

The objective of this studio was to learn the process of how a streetscape is formed. After making several researches on different examples of the streetscapes in vernacular, modern and Neo-classical languages, students made a field trip to Tokyo and discussed how we experience and perceive the streetscape in actual places. The site given was composed of several city blocks in the east district of Muromachi area of Nihonbashi Tokyo, that used to be the center of Edo and Tokyo consisting of several different historical contexts such as neo-classical heritage of The Bank of Japan, Mitsui Main Building, and small traditional shops and Fukutoku shrine as reminiscent of Edo period. This subject is not a 20 century’s typical closed urban redevelopement, but a rejuvenation of a particular district according to each buildings rebuilt process. Thus this studio focused on how to make this area continuously ”better” to the existing context in an open ended way rather than a complete replacement with a ”best” objet-typed giant depicted on a tabula-rasa. By setting ”streetscape” as one of the main final product of their scheme, students were supposed to change their aspect from ”a complete work” to ” an open ended solutions with an effective direction towards the existing context”.