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

Urban Reinassance Agency

Institution, Housing, Recycle, NationalLifestyle, Company, Diagram

Established in 1955, Urban Renaissance Agency (UR), is a semi-governmental organization that materialises large scale urban and housing projects in Japan in cooperation with the Japanese government and the private sector. The main motto of the company is that they design and realize “cities where people shine”. In the 1950s UR (then Japan Housing Corporation) was founded to address the housing problem in the post war years. One of that time’s innovation on housing typology was to separate the dining room from the bedroom introducing that way a new lifestyle concept. By the 1970s UR was carrying out massive development projects such as New Towns. In the 80’s it expanded as a company that also developed the public facilities along with the construction of railways. As from 2000 UR’s mission is to rebuild and renovate the existing housing stock that has been built in the 1950s and also respond to demographic changes creating living environments that will be able to accommodate the rising numbers of elderly population.