Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City

Format
Full

City
Kashiwa

State/Province
Chiba

Country
Japan

Metro Area
Tokyo

Project Type
Planned Community or Resort

Location Type
Inner Suburban

Land Uses
Cinema
Cultural Use
Education
Event Space
Fitness Center
Hotel
Medical
Multifamily For-Sale Housing
Multifamily Rental Housing
Museum
Office
Open space
Restaurant
Retail
Streets
Structured Parking
Transportation Use
University

Keywords
Collaboration
College campus
Coworking space
Development
District energy
Green building
ground-floor retail
Group living
Healthy place
Historic preservation
Hotel/retail development
Innovation
LEED ND Plan Platinum certified
Master-planned community
Meeting space
Mixed use–three uses or more
Mixed-use development
Mixed-use town center
Multifamily housing
Multigenerational
Neighborhood retail center
Office
Pedestrian friendly
Placemaking
Preservation
Public-private partnership
Restaurants
sustainability
Town center
Transit-oriented development
ULI Global Awards for Excellence 2017 Finalist

Site Size
675 acres
acres hectares

Date Started
2000

Date Opened
2014

Kashiwa, a city with a land area of 115 square kilometers (44 sq mi) and a population of just over 400,000, is in Chiba Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo in Japan’s Kanto region. Though home to companies in food processing and other industries, as well as a professional soccer team, it is now best known as the home of Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City. Currently being developed on 273 hectares (675 ac) in northwestern Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City was launched in 2005 with the opening of Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station on the Tsukuba Express train line. The land is divided into 299 parcels, to be subdivided further into blocks with interconnecting streets and pathways. Initial development is taking place in parcels 147, 148, 149, 150, and 151. This 42-hectare (104 ac) group of parcels extends outward from Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station and encompasses the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus, Chiba University Kashiwa-no-ha Campus, Kashiwa-no-ha Park, and industrial areas.

Accessible from Tokyo in less than an hour by train, Kashiwa-no-ha is an area rich in natural beauty as well as the home of a concentration of academic and research institutions. Creation of the grand design for the project was from the beginning a collaborative endeavor, with Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa, the University of Tokyo, and Chiba University involved in the planning and deliberation.

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Format
Full

City
Kashiwa

State/Province
Chiba

Country
Japan

Metro Area
Tokyo

Project Type
Planned Community or Resort

Location Type
Inner Suburban

Land Uses
Cinema
Cultural Use
Education
Event Space
Fitness Center
Hotel
Medical
Multifamily For-Sale Housing
Multifamily Rental Housing
Museum
Office
Open space
Restaurant
Retail
Streets
Structured Parking
Transportation Use
University

Keywords
Collaboration
College campus
Coworking space
Development
District energy
Green building
ground-floor retail
Group living
Healthy place
Historic preservation
Hotel/retail development
Innovation
LEED ND Plan Platinum certified
Master-planned community
Meeting space
Mixed use–three uses or more
Mixed-use development
Mixed-use town center
Multifamily housing
Multigenerational
Neighborhood retail center
Office
Pedestrian friendly
Placemaking
Preservation
Public-private partnership
Restaurants
sustainability
Town center
Transit-oriented development
ULI Global Awards for Excellence 2017 Finalist

Site Size
675 acres
acres hectares

Date Started
2000

Date Opened
2014

Website

www.kashiwanoha-smartcity.com/en

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq6Tlo_VpbU

Project address

UDCK, Kashiwanoha Campus 148-4, 178-4
Wakashiba, Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture

Developer

Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd.
Tokyo, Japan

Owner

Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd.

Master planner

Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa
University of Tokyo
Chiba University

Consultants

Hitachi Ltd.
Nikken Sekkei
Glumac
City of Portland
Murase Associates
EcoNorthwest

Architect

ZGF Architects LLP
Portland, Oregon, USA

Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
Tokyo, Japan

Landscape architect

Jun Mitsui & Associates
Tokyo, Japan
Interviewees

Atsushi Deguchi, President, Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha (UDCK), Professor, Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo

Jun Mitsui, Architect, AIA/JIA, Principal, Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc.

Charles Kelley Jr., AIA, LEED AP, Principal, ZGF Architects LLP

ULI Staff

Patrick L. Phillips
Global Chief Executive Officer

John Fitzgerald
CEO, ULI Asia Pacific

Kathleen B. Carey
President and CEO, ULI Foundation

Payton Chung
Director, Case Studies and Publications

Michael Deininger
Migiwa Yamamoto
Principal Authors

James A. Mulligan
Senior Editor

Laura Glassman
Publications Professionals LLC
Manuscript Editor

Betsy Van Buskirk
Creative Director

Anne Morgan
Graphic Design

ULI Global Awards for Excellence 2017 Finalist