Compact cities and TOD


As global warming progresses and urban populations around the world grow, it is inevitable that cities will need to become low-carbon and smarter in the future. One means to achieve this is to make urban functions compact; Transit Oriented Development (TOD) around public transportation stations, in particular, is becoming a global trend as a concept for urban planning. In addition, for Asian countries including Japan, the issue of “how to make cities compact” has become an even more urgent task in the face of challenges such as the graying of the population and the burden of extensively updating existing infrastructure.

By analyzing the approaches and know-how relating to compact cities and TOD in Japan, NSRI aims to communicate these concepts to the world from multiple angles, including spatial compositions, promotional structures and legal systems, to address the challenges cities face.