Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, 2017–2018 Global Awards for Excellence Winner

Kashiwa-no-ha City Smart City received the Global Awards for Excellence in 2017 – 2018.

I am pleased that I was able to create a chance to connect Kashiwa City and Mitsui Fudosan with companies in Portland, including ZGF.

※About Global Awards for Excellence
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Encounter with Portland on April 18th in 2013 in TokyoAt the party after “WE BUILD GREENCITIES PORTLAND CONFERENCE

I was able to discuss Portland city planning and policies.
In the morning’s glass roots gathering,
Co-sponsored by Portland City Development Department and Kashiwa Machi Naka College(柏まちなかカレッジ),
Regarding ‘Neighborhood’ rather than ‘sprawl’, Tom Hughes, President of the Metro Government of Oregon State and Mr. Masahiro Yamazaki of Portland City Development Department gave a lecture.

It was a day I spent a lot of time with a party who is responsible for Portland’s town planning on the front lines.
Moreover, I was able to interact with comrades such as Kobe Motomachi College(神戸モトマチ大学) and Marunouchi Morning College(丸ノ内朝大学).

Visited in Portland on July in2013

with Yoshiyuki WATANABE(渡辺義之) at ZGF Architects in 2013
with Yoshiyuki WATANABE(渡辺義之) at ZGF Architects in 2013
with Kirk Davis at GLUMAC in 2013

Workshop at UDCK(Kashiwa-no-ha) on February in 2014
Workshop on Kashiwa -no-ha city development with Oregon State Portland team who are practicing nice town development.

Workshop at UDCK(Kashiwa-no-ha) in 2014
Workshop at UDCK(Kashiwa-no-ha) in 2014

Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, 2017–2018 Global Awards for Excellence Winner

Location: Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Developer: Mitsui Fudosan Co.Ltd.
Master planner and coordinator: Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha (UDCK)
Designers: ZGF, Nikken Sekkei Ltd., Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects
Landscape Architects: Studio on Site
Site Size: 675 acres (273 ha)

Located 18 miles (29 km) north of Tokyo, the transit-oriented development Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City pioneers an urban planning approach for a resilient neighborhood with an active and vital community. Since 2004, it has been refined to include community aspirations, respond to disasters, and support environmental and social initiatives. In 2016, Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City became the largest LEED Neighborhood Development Plan Platinum–certified smart city in the world.

Mitsui Fudosan, one of Asia’s largest developers, engaged advisers and urban planners to improve Kashiwa-no-ha using smart-city placemaking techniques. Conceiving the project as a mixed-use employment district, the ZGF-led vision plan is organized around new concepts for open space, with costs and benefits shared by businesses and residential communities and the aim of attracting new development supporting residents and workers in nearby hospital and biomedical research facilities.

Large-scale sustainable living is reinforced through a centralized energy management system; energy conservation, generation, and storage; local production of food; and low-carbon urban transportation. Active and vital streets connect and energize the updated civic realm; living and working in the same neighborhood supports efficient use of resources, builds social cohesion, and improves livability. This synergy is demonstrated by the transformation of an inaccessible stormwater detention facility into a civic commons—a biophilic and sustainable community amenity.

Kashiwa-no-ha is environmentally and technologically innovative—an especially acute interest after 2011’s Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima Power Plant disaster. Community behavior is a supporting strategy: for example, the area energy management system monitors demand through an app informing people in high-use areas how to reduce consumption, while monitors broadcast building performance information. The Smart City is a mix of building uses connected through a district energy and power distribution system to share heat loads and reduce peak electricity use, allowing occupants to live off the grid until regional power and water can be restored.




山下 洋輔

千葉県議会議員(柏市選出)。 元高校教諭。理想の学校を設立したいと大学院に進学。教員経験、教育学研究や地域活動から、教育は、学校だけの課題ではなく、家庭・地域・社会と学校が支え合うべきものと考え、「教育のまち」を目指し活動。著書『地域の力を引き出す学びの方程式』 2011年から柏市議会議員を3期10年を経て、柏市長選に挑戦(43,834票)。落選後の2年間、シリコンバレーのベンチャー企業Fractaの政策企画部長として公民連携によってAIで水道管を救う仕事を経験。 柏まちなかカレッジ学長/(社)305Basketball監事。 千葉県立東葛飾高校卒業。早稲田大学教育学部卒。 早稲田大学大学院教育学研究科修士課程修了後、土浦日大高校にて高校教諭。早稲田大学教育学研究科後期博士課程単位取得後退学。 家族 妻、長男(2014年生まれ)、長女(2017年生まれ)