Japanese innovation in adaptable homes

Kazunobu Minami

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By the late 1960s, Japan’s postwar housing boom had resulted in supply exceeding demand. But these buildings were poor quality and short‐lived. Since then, the country has seen various initiatives – both public and private – to improve the building stock and make it sustainable. Ranging from construction guidelines, to tax incentives, to technical innovations, they have achieved considerable success. Kazunobu Minami – Professor of Architecture at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, who has worked as an architect for the Japanese government since 1981 – tells their story.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalArchitectural Design
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Act for the Promotion of Long‐Life Quality Housing
  • Akabane‐nishi
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
  • Bridgestone
  • Century housing system (CHS)
  • Great Kanto Earthquake
  • Haseko corporation
  • Ikea
  • Japan
  • Japan Housing Corporation (now known as the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR))
  • Kita‐ku
  • Kodan Experimental housing Project (KEP)
  • Ministry of Construction
  • Mitsui Fudosan residential company
  • Mitsui Real Estate
  • NEXT21
  • Nomura Real Estate
  • Osaka
  • Osaka Gas Company
  • Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
  • Professor Yukio Komatsu
  • Rakuinkyo
  • Second World War
  • Shibaura Institute of Technology
  • Tama New Town
  • Tokyo
  • Waseda University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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