研究概要 Research Summary

The aim of this lnstitute is to consider the relationship between cities and the arts from multilateral and cross-sectional points of view. Urban problems include a wide variety of elements ranging from science and engineering to humanities, such as civil engineering, architecture, design, art, disaster prevention and philosophy. For that reason, there are numerous interconnected issues which cannot be fully explored simply by studying each individual area in isolation.

In particular here, we would like to consider the fundamental problems for people looking to lead flourishing lives in cities by thinking about cities from the viewpoint of “art”. In the first place, the relationship between the city and art is a subtle one. It is not simple. For example, a beautiful city with beautiful landscape design is not always an easy place for people to live. Furthermore, if many museums are built, people’s hearts will not always be enriched. How did people born in the city once live and what brought those people a rich and happy life? Thinking and researching from the perspectives of the visual image, of history, of literature may offer some insight to the answers to these questions.

As a result of natural disasters, environmental pollution, etc., the circumstances surrounding urban dwellers are somewhat turbulent today. Currently, Tokyo is trying to regenerate with a view to the Olympic Games in 2020, on the one hand, and major earthquakes and terrorism on the other. In this sense, these are now the most realistic and familiar issues. Bearing in mind these immediate, realistic problems, through researching cities from a multifaceted viewpoint with art as the core, while recognizing the realities of urban areas and urban development practice, we are able to investigate what it means to realize an enriching life there. In other words, this is research that connects “things” and ” the mind”, and herein lies the fundamental purpose of this research.

Specifically, we will conduct research constructed around three central pillars: ‘Representation of the City and Spirituality’, ‘Art Work in the City’, ‘Urban Space Design and City Planning’.
(1) Representation of the City and Spirituality
How have the form of the city and the people living there been expressed in art works such as paintings and sculpture? By unraveling the works of art, we ask about questions about the meaning of city life. We will also explore the spiritual expression of the people living there, bringing in a range of historical considerations.

(2) Art Work in the City
Exploring the existence and the significance of art in urban space, we investigate issues such as: What is the meaning of art in cities, such as museums, galleries, and public art? How do design elements in architecture and civil engineering emerge? What kind of artistic value do they have? The aim is to critically explore problems connecting the city and art.

(3) Urban Space Design and City Planning
How should the living space of people in cities be? How should we relate realistic living to aesthetic factors such as convenience, disaster prevention, landscape, or comfort? Here the goal is to consider town planning problems in urban areas from multilateral perspectives including both current practice and history.
In conducting the research, we will maintain interdisciplinarity by constructing the Institute from scholars specializing in fields as diverse as art, literature, philosophy, architecture  and  sociology. Furthermore, by inviting researchers from related fields in Japan and overseas to conduct research activities, we aim to broaden the range of research and improve quality and widely disseminate research activities and outcomes outside the university.








(1) 都市の表象と精神性