Seeking to explore power as crucial factor in the design of the built environment, we will look at energy systems and related objects, from sites of generation to spaces of consumption, from distribution networks to control rooms.

Tutors: Filip Geerts and Sanne van den Breemer
Director of Studies: Salomon Frausto

Contributors: Santiago Ardila, Juan Benavides, Daniella Camarena, Stef Dingen, Marco Fusco, Jack Garay Arauzo, Theodora Gelali, Shaiwanti Gupta, Hao Hsu, Marianthi Papangelopoulou, Felipe Quintero, Gent Shehu, Siyuan Wang

Tama New Town

Public opinion, Housing, Metropolitain, Neighbourhood, Lifestyle, Mosaic

Tama New Town opened in 1979 alongside with various other “New Towns” in the outskirts of Tokyo. After the post-war economic development the major city centres were overpopulated. Overpopulation caused market prices to increase and people were searching for accommodation outside the cities shaping urban sprawl phainomena. Tama New Town as well as the other New Towns were built as a solution to such problems whilst providing the then modern lifestyle. It is considered the largest development with a master plan of 2,217 hectares, designed to accommodate 282,000 people. Despite its sufficient area, Tama New Town is not a municipality itself. Instead, it occupies parts of Tama, Hachiōji, Inagi and Machida cities. Thus Tama New Town administrative function is divided among those four different municipal authorities. Tama New Town was mainly inhabited by families and it was celebrated at the time as a very successful living-working community.It also has its own media. Tama Television (TTV) is a cable TV and internet provider, servicing not only Tama New Town area but also other parts of Tama and Inagi municipalities. There is also the local news channel that provides the residents with community news. Today several changes in demographics, transportation, infrastructure and energy demands, general change of lifestyle as well as natural decay that comes with age, challenge Tama New Town. Efforts are being made to breathe new life in the area. The demolition of the Suwa Danchi of 640 units and its replacement with seven buildings of 11 to 14 stories high with updated amenities is part of the changes being made to fit better the contemporary society and everyday living.
    This kind of massive projects can be implemented by Prefectures, Municipalities, Housing Supply Public Corporations, and Urban Renaissance Agency (UR).