Tokyo’s Dojunkai experiment: courtyard apartment blocks 1926–1932

Tewari, Shilpi and Beynon, David 2016, Tokyo’s Dojunkai experiment: courtyard apartment blocks 1926–1932, Planning perspectives, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 469-483, doi: 10.1080/02665433.2016.1160326.

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Title Tokyo’s Dojunkai experiment: courtyard apartment blocks 1926–1932
Author(s) Tewari, ShilpiORCID iD for Tewari, Shilpi
Beynon, DavidORCID iD for Beynon, David
Journal name Planning perspectives
Volume number 31
Issue number 3
Start page 469
End page 483
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0266-5433
Keyword(s) dojunkai apartments
building arrangement
open-space design
Summary Dojunkai apartments were constructed by the Japanese Government as a work of relief, after the Great Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo. These apartments were leading examples in concrete construction in Japan and were innovative in their exterior space design ideas and building organizational themes. Dojunkai apartments were designed not only as solutions to particular sites, but as possible models for the further development of well-planned, secure, and communal neighbourhood style residential developments. During 1920–1930, Japanese architects and designers were actively involved in experimenting with foreign concepts of urban remodelling and town planning. However while these town-planning concepts and theories were embraced by Japanese architects and town planners, the resultant apartment complexes suggest that they endeavoured to adapt and transform them to suit Japanese sensibilities and urban requirements. This paper examines the nature of these adaptations and transformations. The principles of exterior space design are deployed to examine and identify patterns in building arrangement and exterior space design for six selected Dojunkai apartments. This paper discusses the pre-existing models of urban planning in Japan to establish a relationship between the adopted foreign town-planning models and the pre-existing ideas of urban settlements in the Japanese society.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02665433.2016.1160326
Field of Research 120103 Architectural History and Theory
120502 History and Theory of The Built Environment (excl Architecture)
160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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