Lecturer : Keisuke Ishizu,Minoru Sugai

In this course “The Constitution of Urban Space”, the students will firstly enhance their understanding on how the constructions of buildings that constitute urban space are controlled by laws and regulations.  In Building Standards Act, the central topic of this course, there are “general regulations” such as building certification and building examinations, and “regulations for individual buildings” to mainly secure safety of each buildings, and “regulations for collective buildings” to secure the city environment. This course will also discuss other laws and regulations such as Barrier-Free Law, and Energy Saving Act in relation to “regulations for individual buildings”, and City Planning Law in relation to “regulations for collective buildings”. Each of these laws and regulations are determined to solve social problems from the field of architecture and urban planning aiming at protection of life, health, and properties of citizens, sound development of national economy, stabilized improvement of the domestic quality of life, and enhancement of public welfare. In this course, students are to refer to letter of the law, and understand the relationship between laws and problems the laws attempt to solve. The students are to deepen their understanding of laws and regulations through discussion on the limitation of current regulation, response to new social problems and other unsolved problems of the current regulation. In the latter half of the course, excursion will be held to confirm how laws and regulations form “buildings” and “city” in reality. As a practice, each student is to present proposal on solution to a chosen unsolved problem, and the topic will be discussed as a class. Throughout the course, the class will look in a chapter on building regulation from Examination of the First Class Authorized Architect, and tutorials will be held to support those wish to obtain qualification as a registered architect.