January 29, 12:30 - 1:30 | Gould 102
February 7, 2019 12-1pm | Gould 102
Dense, populous, dynamic, and vibrant are words often used to characterize the urban landscapes of Asian cities. Through walking tours and visual journals, this traveling seminar will engage in a close-up examination of the urban life and everyday landscapes of Osaka and Tokyo, two largest and most iconic cities in Japan.
Dense, populous, dynamic, and vibrant are words often used to characterize the urban landscapes of Asian cities. The fluid matrix of social life, urban spaces, and transportation networks along with proximity of activities and services clearly distinguishes the major Asian cities from their North American counterparts. The dynamism of Asian cities is best experienced on the ground with full exposure to the complex juxtaposition and overlay of movement, activities, scenery, and space. Through walking tours and visual journals, this traveling seminar will engage in a close-up examination of the urban landscapes of Osaka and Tokyo, two largest and most iconic cities in Japan. Visual journal presents a way of seeing, reading, interpreting, and documenting the city. Through site visits and on-site exercises, students will explore both the everyday landscapes of Tokyo and Osaka and their iconic structures and spaces. This seminar will enable students to better understand how cities of East Asia support the everyday life of millions of residents and visitors; how they embody and reflect their distinct urban cultures and subcultures; and how they function as complex spatial systems.
Osaka, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
In Osaka, the students will stay at a local hostel, to be selected based on proximity to the city's main transit hub. In Tokyo, the students will stay at the National Youth Center, under the management of the National Institute for Youth Education. The facility is centrally located near Shinjuku.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
None. Knowledge and proficiency in Japanese is helpful but not required for participating in the program. This program requires extensive walking in dense and sometimes challenging urban environment with heaving pedestrian traffic and limited space. In addition, we will rely on public transportation (subway and bus) for getting around between locations. ADA facilities are generally available in Osaka and Tokyo. But the density and crowded streetscapes and public transit system will pose a challenge.
5 UW Quarter Credits
L ARCH 495: Landscape Architecture Study Abroad (5 credits) VLPA, I&S
Studies conducted under faculty supervision in various locations outside the United States. Through walking tours and assignments, this traveling seminar will engage in a close-up examination of the urban landscapes of Asian cities. Through site visits and exercises, students will explore both the everyday landscapes of Asian cities and their iconic structures and spaces. This seminar will enable students to better understand how cities of East Asia support the everyday life of millions of residents and visitors; how they embody and reflect their distinct urban cultures and subcultures; and how they function as complex systems. Using the lens of "the Invisible Cities," we will explore the less "visible" dimensions of Taipei and Tokyo, including their hidden histories, subcultures, and informal activities.The on-site exploration will provide students with a better understanding of urban livability under different spatial, institutional, and cultural frameworks. It will also enable them to critique the different paradigms of historical and contemporary city-making.
Learning goals include:
To develop international and cross-cultural perspectives on the design of urban environment. To develop a critical understanding of the making of Asian cities, using Osaka and Tokyo as two representative examples. To develop skills in urban analysis and interpretation using sketching.
Professor, Landscape Architecture
Program director Jeffrey Hou has a broad range of professional, research and teaching experiences in East Asia. He has been a Visiting Professor at Chiba University in Japan and a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan. He has written extensively on contemporary urbanism in Asia, including a new co-edited book Messy Urbanism: Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia (University of Hong Kong Press 2016). email@example.com
Makie Suzuki is a native Japanese and has lived in Tokyo. She is currently a practicing landscape architect, based in Seattle, and has taught previously as a lecturer at the University of Virginia and the University of Washington.
Estimated Program Fee: $4,400
Included in the program fee:
$450 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - US$1,280)
Food (about $25 per day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019
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Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
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