[Blueboard] Land, Lumber, Labor and Excrement: The Circular Economy of Nineteenth-Century Tokyo Slums

Japanese Studies Program [LS] japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
Wed Jan 18 12:11:13 PHT 2017

"*Land, Lumber, Labor and Excrement: **The Circular Economy of
Nineteenth-Century Tokyo Slums"*

*by Prof. Jordan Sand, Georgetown University*

*23 January 20175:00 - 6:30Social Sciences Conference Rooms 1 & 2*

It has been almost forgotten that like many cities elsewhere in Asia, Tokyo
once had large areas of informal and unplanned settlement, occupied by
thousands of tiny houses for the poor, little more than shacks. The
twentieth century saw a process of formalization of housing accompanied by
the expansion of real estate speculation. This presentation takes up the
case of a slumlord-builder in late nineteenth-century Tokyo to consider a
transitional moment before modern planning mechanisms and a land-centered
real estate market redefined the economics of housing. Micro-scale
examination of the economic factors in building Tokyo tenements reveals a
settlement-building calculus quite different from the patterns often
examined in studies of contemporary megacity informal housing. Tokyo’s case
thus encourages us to reconsider how unplanned housing develops and how it
might be addressed.

Since the room is relatively small, we would recommend participants to RSVP
through this link:

Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University
LH209 Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines 1108
Phone:  +632 426-6001 local 5248/5249
Telefax: +632 376-0966
Email: japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
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