Tokyo: Future City, Future Citizens
Harvard University Graduate School of Design


Talking about Tokyo in Paradigm Shift

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) convenes a discussion on the future of Tokyo, and that of its citizens and their lifestyles, from diverse viewpoints within and beyond the disciplines of Architecture, Architectural History, Urban Planning, and Design.

The future of Tokyo moving into the 21st Century will be different from its past. Whereas demographic growth and urbanization used to be the precondition of Japan’s capital, projections indicate that by the year 2020 Tokyo’s population begin to shrink; urbanization will be both influenced by and asked to negotiate the legacy of the previous period of economic growth. The population of Tokyo will experience new conditions, with work styles changing; notions of common spaces and shared economies spreading; mobility impacting action; and information technology shifting communications and lifestyles. The central question of this conversation is, thus: how can urbanism and architecture contribute to the paradigm shift Tokyo has begun to undergo?

Harvard GSD’s “Tokyo: Future Cities, Future Citizens” will bring to stage roadmaps for Tokyo proposed by architects and urban planners, and will ask them to interact with issues and expectations on the frontlines of mobility and information technology. This unique event will bring three Harvard GSD leaders into conversation with some of the most influential scholars and practitioners in Japan, all focused on the future of Tokyo as an international subject.

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Host: Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

Time: Registration 1:30 PM; Conference 2:00-6:30 PM, followed by Reception

Venue: Waterras Common, Hall on level 3 (2-101, Kanda Awajicho, Chiyoda-ku)

Capacity: 180

Language: Simultaneously translated (English and Japanese)

Registration: Registration has closed since application reached the capacity.

Ticket: 3,000 Yen (including for brochure and drink)

Inquiry: Info@npo-plat.org

Local contact: Platform for Architectural Thinking | PLAT

This conference is made possible with the generous support of Fujitsu Limited.


1:30 pm


2:00 pm


Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Keynote address

Hiroshi Naito, Architect; Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University


Kayoko Ota, PLAT

Panel 1: Tokyo’s Dwelling-business Hybrid Ring

Panel presentations

Ohki Nagahara, Division General Manager, Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Koh Kitayama, Architect; Professor, Hosei University

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Architect; Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Discussion with:

Diane Davis, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Kumiko Inui, Architect; Professor Yokohama National University YGSA

Kengo Kuma, Architect; Professor, Tokyo University

Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Moderator: Keigo Kobayashi, Architect; Adjunct Professor, Waseda University


4:30 pm

Special presentation on Tokyo

Fumihiko Maki, Architect

Panel 2: Tokyo’s High-rise, High-density Urban Cores

Panel presentations

Yoshikuni Takashige, Vice President, Marketing Strategy, Fujitsu Limited

Masashige Motoe, Adjunct Professor, Tohoku University

Atsumi Hayashi, Representative, SPEAC; Director, Tokyo R Fudosan

Discussion with:

Michael Hays, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Mitsuhiro Kanada, Structural engineer; Senior associate, Arup; Adjunct Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts

Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Moderator: Yasuto Nakanishi, Professor, Keio University

6:30 pm

Closing Remarks


Photo credit:

©Kenji Takahashi (Kumiko Inui portrait)

©J.C. Carbonne (Kengo Kuma portrait)

©Izuru Echigoya (Masashige Motoe portrait)

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2-3 min. walk from JR Ochanomizu station, or Shin-ochanomizu or Awajicho stations (Tokyo Metro)
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