New Tokyo Story

Urban Conference

How can Amsterdam learn from Tokyo?

Dit symposium is in het Engels.

Living cities are constantly transforming. While historically the cause and dynamics of this transformation varies per city, globalization has gradually changed site-specific factors into more common, comparable elements. Every major city in every country is involved in an international competition to attract investment, international companies and young, high quality human resources, while most mature developed societies face an aging population and rapid urbanization. This global dynamic has become undeniable and is a substantial cause for the physical and social transformation of cities. We are not here to criticize this dynamic. Our concern is to make the best of the situation.

With its extreme concentration of population and economic and political activity and its extreme level of aging, Tokyo forms a fascinating urban laboratory with which to investigate and understand the current trend. In this symposium, we have invited Tokyo-based specialists – academics and practitioners - to give a comprehensive explanation of these symptoms of Tokyo’s transformation and of the ways in which the government, companies and citizens manage its urban future. Amsterdam, a small global city with 2.5 million inhabitants, can learn by examining Tokyo, the world’s biggest city with 38 million inhabitants, and can draw inspiration for new ways of dealing with practical, local knowledge through holistic intervention in a high-dynamic urban fabric under the pressure of globalization.

History, Framework and Transformation

9:30 Opening public programme Zef Hemel
University of Amsterdam

9:45 Struggling Cities Naohiko Hino
Architect, historian

10:45 Transformation of Terminal stations Masakazu Ishigure
Tokyo University of Science

11:45 Fiber City: Tokyo 2050 Hidetoshi Ohno
Emeritus Professor Tokyo University

Next Inner-city Culture and Development

14:00 Forth Stage Consumer Atsuhi Miura
Sociologist, marketing researcher

15:30 Inner city development cases Shu Yamamura
Waseda University

16:30 New working relationship
Authorities, companies and citizens Junko Kunihiro
Oume city coordinator

17:30 Closing Moriko Kira
Architect, Amsterdam/Tokyo


Zef Hemel (b. 1957) is an urban planner and professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2014, he is also strategic advisor to the Amsterdam Economic Board. From 2001 to 2004 he was director of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2004, he joined the board of Amsterdam’s Urban Planning Department. He published ‘Het toekomstig landschap van de IJsselmeerpolder’ (1994), ‘Creative Cities! (2002), ‘De toekomst van de stad’ (2016), and ‘Dream your own future’ (2017). | Facebook

Moriko Kira (b. 1965) is an architect, has lived in Amsterdam since 1992 and her office operates both in Europe and Japan. Beside her architectural practice, she writes books, essays and curates exhibitions. She published ‘finding architecture’ in 2013. In 2010, she was appointed as professor at Kobe Design University in Japan. In 2004-2010 she was a member of Amsterdam’s Design Committee. | Facebook

Naohiko Hino (b. 1971) is an architect, head of Hino Architect’s Office. Beside wide-ranging architectural and urban planning work, he is a leading writer, critic and historian in Japan. Recent publications include two books on Arata Isozaki, one of Japan’s prominent postwar architects, and ‘Is Urban Design Necessary in Japan’. In 2013, he developed the ‘Struggling Cities: From Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s’ touring exhibition.

Masakazu Ishigure (b. 1986) is an urban historian and Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture at Tokyo University of Science. In 2016 he published ‘Tokyo Rising from the Postwar Black Markets : SHINJUKU, IKEBUKURO and SHIBUYA after 1945’. In this book he conducted extensive research on the history of Tokyo railway stations and neighborhoods.

Hidetoshi Ohno (b. 1949) is Emeritus Professor at the University of Tokyo and the principal of architectural firm APL design workshop. He has designed numerous architectural works and been awarded with major prizes. He published ‘Fibercity Tokyo 2050’ in 2006, which was welcomed with widespread international debates. The updated publication in 2016 ‘Fiber City, A Vision for Cities in the Age of Shrinkage’, he proposes a new theory of urbanism for shrinking cities in post-industrial era, connecting ‘fiber units’ in the city to re-design the information, transportation and industrial networks, as well as the landscape.
APL design workshop | Fibercity 2050

Atsushi Miura (b. 1958) is a sociologist, marketing researcher and writer. He conducts research on consumer society, family, youth, social class, cities (especially on the transformation of suburbia) and other aspects of modern life. As a futurist, he proposes what he calls ‘social design’. His publications include ‘Lower-Class Society’, ‘Tokyo is Being Shrinked from the Suburbs’, and ‘The Rise of Sharing: Fourth-Stage Consumer Society in Japan’. (photo; Katsumi Rina)

Shu Yamamura (b. 1980) is an urban planner and researcher. He is an assistant professor of Planning at the Department of Architecture at Waseda University, Tokyo. His research interests lie at the crossroads of interdisciplinary research between urban planning and social sciences. Current research projects and interests relate to creative industry clusters in Tokyo, knowledge-city policies, inner city problems and revitalization, and urban structural transformation of the Tokyo Metro Area.

Junko Kunihiro (b. 1976) is the town manager of Ome City Center Vitalization Council since 2013. Authorized by local government and Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she organizes the area-management team and plans and operates various projects to solve regional issues and improving function of depressed city center. Graduated from Keio University in economics in 1999, worked in Bank of Japan, Research and Statistics Division for 4 years. After graduated from Tokyo University of Science in architectural course in 2007, changed her career to architectural and urban management. In 2010-2012, moved worked as a vice president of Chinese local design company in Beijing.
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Credits photo: Dawid Sobolewski

Saturday 23 June

09:30 - 17:30

Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC, Amsterdam

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Sprekers op deze conferentie

Zef Hemel
Masakazu Ishigure
Moriko Kira
Naohiko Hino
Atsushi Miura
Junko Kunihiro
Shu Yamamura
Hidetoshi Ohno