Yokohama National University / Graduate School of Urban Innovation / Y-GSA
In April 2011, Yokohama National University established the Graduate School of Urban Innovation, a new graduate school that takes the city as its theme. This faculty, of which architecture is a part, is neither a faculty of engineering nor a faculty of art; it is the first graduate school in Japan to make the city its academic domain. Y-GSA is a specialized architectural and urban design course in the Department of Architecture and Urban Culture within this graduate school.
The city is an important issue that humankind must tackle in the twenty-first century; that is behind the establishment of the Graduate School of Urban Innovation. Two thirds of the world's population, or more than six billion people, are expected to live in cities or towns by 2050. In developed countries, a concentration of the urban population is taking place as the overall population shrinks. In mature societies, to formulate sustainable cities of the future is to search for answers to problems such as social problems arising from aging populations and declining birthrates and environmental problems of which global warming is the best known. In developing countries, on the other hand, rapid increases in urban populations accompanying economic growth and changes in the industrial structure are generating serious problems such as deficiencies in social infrastructure and the foundations of everyday life as well as environmental destruction. In these regions there is demand for future urban designs responsive to the emergence of megacities.
Against this background, representatives of fields related to urban hardware-that is, architecture and urban infrastructure-and fields related to urban software-such as urban management and culture-collaborate in teaching and studying issues confronting the contemporary city and training highly skilled experts.
In 2012, the Institute of Urban Innovation of Yokohama National University, Yokohama City University, Yokohama City, and Yokohama Arts Foundation together started "Yokohama Creativecity School" for carrying out research on themes related to the creation of urban culture and urban design. Various research and educational activities (e.g. symposia, exhibitions and public lectures) will be undertaken by Yokohama National University including Y-GSA at "Yokohama Creativecity Center (YCC)," the center of this school.
Graduate School of Urban Innovation
|Master's Course||Department of Architecture and Urban Culture||Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Culture|
|Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture|
|Yokohama Graduate School of Culture|
|Department of Infrastructure and Urban Society||Graduate School of Infrastructure and Urban Society|
|International Graduate School of Infrastructure|
|Doctoral Course||Department of Urban Innovation|
Graduate School of Urban Innovation Website : http://www.urban.ynu.ac.jp/index.html