|About Us||Since April, 1994 The Goto Laboratory has continued research in the field of Urban and Regional landscape through both the Urban and Regional Planning perspective. The urban and regional landscape mentioned here is perceived not only as the visual landscape but the cultural, historical and social layers within the landscape. In another words this can be defined as " lifescape ", and includes the landscape represented through the peoples lifestyle and social structure which supports this. Urban design is approached from the visual form, where as regional planning is approached from the societal structure. With this in perspective, the laboratory has made discoveries through traditional cultural anthropological field work, and has developed theories such as, " Machidukuri Game of Life " and " Machidukuri Oral History ". These theories are developed on the lifestyle of the region and As we enter the age of the shrinking society, a new correspondence to urban and regional landscape is needed to fit the societal change occurring in Japan. Although Machidukuri has tended to become fragmented we hope to comprehend and expriment with various local governances, in order to create a more lively urban and regional landscape.|
Professor Haruhiko GOTO
Following the socio-economic changes of today, the needs within the urban and rural landscapes is facing a period of transition. The landscape plans under preparation through out Japan strongly tend to put an emphasis on grasping panoramic landscape, primarily aiming to ensure landscape views, and the market in landscape is also limited to the maintenance and the restoration of particular spaces. However, there is very little development towards the restructuring of landscape as a whole. Professor Goto aims to create landscapes with the autonomy of citizens through the comprehension and structuralization of Machizukuri efforts.
In more detail, the themes and topics addressed within laboratories research pertain to the analysis of the rural and urban fabric from the following aspects.
Professor Goto has much experience working as a landscape advisor for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Landscape council of Tokyo Metropolitan Government and various local government associations. Through this interaction he has worked towards the integration of various Machizukuri movements within the structural framework of urban and rural landscape planning.