New Tokyo Story
Symposium on Housing, Living, and Mobility in a Post-Growth Megacity
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 current trends in urbanisation. This symposium invites Tokyo-based specialists to reflect on these transformations.
Living cities are constantly transforming. While historically the cause and dynamic 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.
A symbiosis of large-scale transformation and small-scale intervention is becoming the new feature of global capitals in developed countries. 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.
New Tokyo Story
In this symposium, we have invited Tokyo-based specialists, academics and practitioners,
to reflect on these symptoms of Tokyo’s transformation and of the ways in which thegovernment, 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.
Location and organization
The symposium takes place at Pakhuis de Zwijger and is organized by CUS member Zef Hemel. The Centre for Urban Studies is a partner of the symposium, that is part of a week of regional events starting with the State of the Region event on Wednesday 20 June, and the WeMakethe.City festival.