Germany and Japan are among the most urbanized countries, and rapid urbanization has led to the occupation of green spaces, which directly leads to a high degree of fragmentation of urban green spaces, resulting in various social, economic and environmental issues. In the process of becoming a Biophilic City, the urban green spaces is undoubtedly a great connection with nature. Larger green spaces have shown great benefits for people’s health, especially in densely urbanised and populated countries.
With this, Sustainable Design Methods will continue its journey of studying the possible uses of tiny urban green spaces and used as a concept that enhances people’s living experience. Japan has very little and public urban space and meanwhile, in Germany, it’s amongst one of the few countries with the most urban space. However, most residents still did not have access to a private garden or relaxation space at home, thus reinforcing and increasing the demand for TUG spaces. New and different potential locations need to be discovered and repurposed in the city to convince users of the Tiny Urban Green ( TUG ) spaces.
This semester, it would be a collaborative elective between the students of DIA of Hochschule Anhalt and the students of Kyoto Seika University. This relationship with students from around the world would further help each other to understand the different characteristics between the public urban space of the eastern and western countries.
With the contrast between the two different countries, this semester aims to study and explore different unused TUG spaces where they would be used for social, mental health and revitalization. It would serve as a space for giving back to the community. TUG spaces may be small, but it doesn’t limit their importance. Urban green spaces are important assets that would create opportunities for urban residents to interact with nature. Using it as part of their daily lives is the key to biophilic cities design and planning.
How do students define the unused open space and transform it into TUG spaces, and how would TUG serve as a self-sustaining revitalization zone for the community?
- Trainer/in HSA: Ruge, Peter