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The Making of Urban Japan: Cities and Planning from Edo to the Twenty First Century

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During the twentieth century, Japan was transformed from a poor, primarily rural country into one of the world's largest industrial powers and most highly urbanised countries. Interestingly, while Japanese governments and planners borrowed carefully from the planning ideas and methods of many other countries, Japanese urban planning, urban governance and cities developed v ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2000)
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Andrew Hawkins
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive description of Japanese urbanism from the 17th Century until the turn of the 21st Century. As an academic textbook, it relies on jargon and acronyms a fair bit particularly in the later half, but on the whole is very accessible.

As someone interested in transport, particularly railways, I would have liked more analysis of Japan's public transport systems. The book goes into some detail about suburban railways and their role in urban development, but other than that doesn't discuss
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Quobobo
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'd strongly recommend this book for anyone wondering why Japanese cities are the way they are. Sorensen provides tons of interesting information about Japanese land use regulations and does so in an accessible, engaging way. There are a number of very helpful maps and data tables included in the book - my favourite was a table showing how in 1975, over 90% of the zoned area in Japan allowed multifamily housing.

I would note that I disagree* with many of the author's opinions, but this is still a
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