Importance of Public Participation in Urban Planning, Odaiba 4

As an attempt to appeal to Tokyo citizens, the municipality and the state, My Town Tokyo Concept was introduced to build Tokyo “where people live, work and rest and which is supported by a transport system interconnecting these three functions”. The campaign was executed throughout Tokyo and impacted the built environment such that it resulted in the decline of urbanised areas. One of the aims was to have the collective body of the citizens to break into a future together with administrative authorities, revolving around urban planning that created a town with beautiful sights and fine living environment, ultimately bringing to the people living there a certain pride and sense of attachment to their town.

It is noted that the impossibility of creating and maintaining these beautiful sights by the adminsstration alone. Such projects becomes possible only when the individual citizens continue at their own intiative.

The scheme was not meant to be designed to resolve all urban issues or “get things done economically from an administrative point of view” [1], but is recognized as a process in which the citizens are able to understand how to make their town better by self-management or through a process which they can personally experience town building.

As such, the citizen’s active involvement in building the neighbourhood environment or involvement in recent issues is certain to play an important role as the driving force of building a liveable Tokyo.



[1] Tokyo . My Town Concept Consultative Council. Tokyo Tomorrow : Report. TMG Municipal Library ; No. 17. Tokyo: Government, 1982. 113-115

1 Comment on “Importance of Public Participation in Urban Planning, Odaiba 4

  1. The campaign is an initial step in attempting public involvement in town building, and for such an economically stable and a world-renowned metropolis to reflect back to the idea of a “town” and self-pride of involvement may be beneficial to local citizens, perhaps not as much for foreign residents who would come for studies and/or work. If the initiative is planned carefully to be inclusive and welcome this idea of collaborative town-building by not limiting to only Tokyo’s citizens, as in redefining the term “public”, might be a huge step forward in creating an ideal city to live in. It is a challenge that most cities face when they fail to realize that diversity in citizenship is what keeps them growing.

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