41th Seminar on Community Development that Embraces History

Re-evaluating the City from Life and Cultural Perspectives Programme

Date: July 15th, 2018
Hour: 13:30 – 16:00
Place: Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall


1. Lectures

“Yokohama’s Urban Planning History and its Heritage” by Mr. Nobuharu Suzuki (Professor, Yokohama City University)

“Collaborative Architecture in the midst of War Reconstruction: from Black Market to Fire-proof Belt and Disaster Prevention District” by Kosei Hatsuda (Associate Professor, Kogakuin University)

“Attractive Port Cities: Comparison between Yokohama and International Port Cities (tentative)” by Ms. Carola Hein (Professor, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Convenor of IPHS 2016)


2. Cross-talk

The three presenters will discuss on the implications for Yokohama’s future urban planning by reviewing the history of community development and comparison between the cities from other countries. Since its port-opening, Yokohama City has accumulated the urban planning efforts from the development of foreigners’ settlement, improvement of port functions, and reconstructions from earthquake and war damages; as a result, the city still retains the historic buildings representing each era. Taking the opportunity of the 18th International Planning History Society (IPHS) Conference to be held in Yokohama from 15th to 19th July, 2018, this seminar attempts to re-evaluate the modern development of the city from the perspectives of urban planning history as well as the community development. Not only the visible design such as buildings and cityscapes characterising Yokohama, but also the colourful backstage of the planning —the process, trial and error of the people— will be shown. It will introduce you to a deeper understanding of the city of Yokohama, where we work and lead our lives.


*This seminar will be conducted in Japanese only (no English interpretation will be available).