The Relationship between Street Conviviality and Creative Industries in Shimokitazawa: A District Scaled Assessment Methodology for Sustainable Urban Regeneration

By Maria Rita Dionísio.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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The contemporary urban paradigm has presented an image of global homogenization of many urban centers, and so it is increasingly necessary to reinterpret and reinforce the unique values existing in cities throughout the processes of urban regeneration. Conviviality is an important factor in evaluating the vitality of public spaces, expressing the ability of cities to attract residents, visitors, and investors (Mean and Tims 2005; Landry 2006) while reaffirming their identities in a context of global urban competiveness. Additionally, conviviality represents a pre-condition for the creative city (Landry 2008). Creativity can be argued as an abstract concept that can only be measured through observable phenomenon related to its process (Florida 2002; Landry 2008). However, little research focusing on conviviality of public spaces has been developed to explain urban creative processes. This research focuses on the relationship between street conviviality and creative industries, and whether this is a potential factor to enhance the valorization of local urban culture within the urban regeneration process in Shimokitazawa, a rapidly changing district located in the southwest area of Tokyo (Japan). This research proposes an assessment methodology for the examination of the setting of activities; locational and morphological factors interrelated with street conviviality, influencing the ability to support local creative industries; focusing on thirteen streets and eight alleys in Shimokitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. Moreover, the assessment enables the examination of how Creative Industries are able enhance the social life in different streets of the district.

Keywords: Public Spaces, Cultural and Creative Industries, Street Conviviality, Streetscape, Urban Regeneration

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 4, Issue 3, June 2014, pp.19-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.573MB)).

Maria Rita Dionísio

Ph.D. Student, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo-To, Japan