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Course NameSustainable Urban Development
InstructorImura, Hidefumi
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goals環境と経済活動の双方に配慮した持続的な都市開発の在り方について、自分なりの考えや判断基準を持つ。横浜・川崎、その他の身近な都市について、環境配慮や持続的開発の観点から評価をすることができる。都市の抱える問題や未来都市計画の在り方について、英語で理解し、英語で議論できるようになることを目標とする。

The students are supposed to acquire the following capacity after taking this course.
(1) To acquire his/her own judgment criteria on sustainable urban development which takes good balance between environment and economic activities.
(2) To be able to make evaluation of actual urban development cases in Yokohama, Kawasaki and other familiar municipalities, in terms of environmental consideration and sustainability.
(3) To be able to understand and discuss urban issues and future city planning in English.
Course outline横浜市は世界銀行から「ECO2」モデル都市として選定され、また内閣府からは「環境未来都市」の認定を受けるなど、都市開発及び環境分野での先進的な取り組みが内外から高く評価されている。本講義では世界銀行による新しい都市開発の概念「Eco2都市:Ecological Cities as Economic Cities」を紹介しつつ、これに横浜市や川崎市等の自治体がこれまで取り組んできた環境と経済活動の調和の取れた街づくりのケーススタディを取り上げ、今後の都市計画の在り方や、あるべき未来都市像について議論する。

Yokohama City has been designated by the World Bank as one of the model “ECO2 Cities”, where progressive and innovative projects are successfully implemented achieving a good balance between economic growth and environmental considerations. The City has also won the official designation of “FutureCity” by the Cabinet Office of Japan. Taking these facts into consideration, this course provides students with historic perspective of municipal experiences as well as current condition of urban development and environmental policies. The lecture will introduce and focus on the new concept of “ECO2”, or “Ecological Cities as Economic Cities”, which has been proposed by the World Bank. By learning this conceptual framework, students would be able to understand and analyze the actual cases of urban planning with solid theoretical background. Students are supposed to discuss the ideal method of urban planning and how the cities should look like.


In the group work session of this class, the students will be divided into several groups in accordance with key issues in urban development and environment. The groups will make presentations in front of class audience on the result of their problem-analysis and solutions to such problems. Thus, the course will be offered with a good balance between lectures and group discussion. Students’ active participation is strongly encouraged during the discussion. Interactive communication is important for this class.


The lecture will be conducted entirely in English as a 4-day intensive course.
The lecturer is Professor Hidefumi Imura from Global Cooperation Institute of Sustainable Cities. In addition to Professor Imura, guest lecturers will also be invited from municipal governments and other appropriate organizations, who are expected to share their own hands-on experience of city planning as practitioner.
Evaluation Scale and Policiesクラス討議への貢献を重視し、プレゼンテーションの内容等も含め総合的に評価する。

The students will be evaluated comprehensively with multiple criteria including quality of presentations. Contribution to class discussion will be most important.

Since the entire course will be conducted in English, the students are required to have strong will to participate in the class in English.
Texts, materials, and supplies世界銀行「ECO2 Cities- Ecological Cities as Economic Cities」【英語版】【日本語版】。

The World Bank, ECO2 Cities- Ecological Cities as Economic Cities, English Version (2010) & Japanese Version (2014)
For other textbooks, reference materials or videos, instructions will be given as needed.
Remarkこの講義は、「大学院特別講義(Sustainable Urban Development)」と合同で行う。
This lecture will be jointly conducted for graduate school’s Special Lecture (Sustainable Urban Development).
Course Schedule/Plan(Day 1)
1. Introduction: Paradigm shift of global environment and cities
2. Climate change and cities, Renewal of urban resources and energy
3. The world Bank’s “ECO2”conceptand approach
(Day 2)
1. Population increase and cities- Environment and development issues in megacities in developing nations (Water, Waste management, etc.)
2. Urban development and water- Water problems in the world
3. Case studies of municipalities (1) : Yokohama and Kawasaki city. (Offered by guest lecturers)
(Day 3)
1. Case studies of Asian cities: Discussion
2. Urban development and public health (infectious disease, etc.)
3. Group work and discussion
(Day 4)
1. Case studies of municipalities (2) : Yokohama and Kawasaki city. (Offered by guest lecturers)
2. Green innovation and green economy of cities
3. Overall summary of the course
4. Final exam

The order and contents are subject to modification due to conveniences of lecturers.