UCL Urban Laboratory


Hiroaki Ohashi

Bartlett School of Planning

Planning and Design of Suburban Fortunes: Urban Policies and Suburban Socio-economic and Spatial Transformation in Tokyo Prefecture under Three-tier Governmental System

Long after massive suburbanization in the rapid economic growth period, the suburban realm of Tokyo Prefecture has experienced new multifaceted suburban restructuring under the recent metropolitan transformation in both socio-demographic and economic terms. This suburban restructuring has caused different trajectories of suburban municipalities of Tokyo Prefecture depending on their geographical locations and past development paths, leading to spatial polarization and segregation within the suburban realm. The research will examine the suburban restructuring and clarify how urban policies should be formulated to achieve suburban sustainability and avert suburban decline or stagnation.

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