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2015 Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, U-30 International Design Competition



2015 Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (JILA) Presents
U-30 International Design Competition


Our Future With/Without Parks 2105


The Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (JILA) will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in May 2015, and is pleased to host an international competition for design proposals envisioning future Tokyo with/without parks in 2105, 90 years from today.

The competition invites students and young practitioners in design, planning, research, and related fields to rethink the raison d’etre of the park, one of the greatest urban inventions for modern society, and to propose innovative visions for future Tokyo with/without parks.

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 Winners Announcement

Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 U-30 International Design Competition.

Award ID Name Affiliation
1st Prize B200

Tomohito Kiname / Yuki Iwata / Mayuka Oishi

Nikken Sekkei
2nd Prize B175

Mako Koseki / Chihiro Nakatsuji

Nihon University

Junko Oda / Makiko Urata / Nao Takemoto / Misato Hase / Mamiko Tanaka

Nara Women’s University
3rd Prize B259

Kohei Mori / Yohei Sugita / Soto Matsui

Nihon University / MHS Planners, Architects & Engineers Ltd. / Takenaka Corporation

Yukari Usuda / Ayana Hibino / Ayaka Iwai / Yuko Kondou / Mao Nakayama / Chen Jiajue

Nara Women’s University

Que Weiyi / Zhai Zicheng / Wang Yuting / Li Xueke

Tokyo University of Agriculture /

Beijing Forestry University


Chang Su / Peiyan Wang / Xianyin Yang / Yasuhiro Mita

Chiba University

Sara Usai / Eerika Alev / Sofia Caldeira

Undergraduate Student Award B222

Bing Yang / Duanduan Wang / Jing Cai / Yajie Chang

Huaqiao University

Wenzhu Zhang / Xinming Liu

Beijing Forestry University
Highschool Student Award B149

Ise  Kaoru / Unoura Daisuke / Kudou Masaki

Hokkaido Iwamizawa Agricultural Highschool

After the 2nd stage review, the plagiarism, that the finalist’s work (B207) committed, has been defined. For detail, please see the link.

 Online Registration

Online Registration closed on April 24, 2015.
Online Submissions closed on May 7, 2015.


 Finalist Announcement

We hereby announce the result of 1st stage review and the list of 9 finalists and winner of honorable mentions.
The finalists’ ID# are the followings;

A227, B037, B053, B066, B079, B175, B200, B207, B259

[Honorable Mention]
A222, A319, B149

The finalists will present their proposals on May 22 at the University of Tokyo.



“There will no longer be a park in a century after city”

This is the title of an essay by Kiyoshi Inoshita in 1928. At that time Inoshita was the manager of the Department of Parks at the Tokyo City Government and one of the best practitioners in landscape architecture in Japan. He was right in the middle of creating a number of urban parks in Tokyo, as the city was in the process of reconstruction from the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

Considering his career and practice as a great park designer, Inoshita’s argument in the essay seems paradoxical. However, he believed that parks would no longer be needed if we could realize a future society where critical urban problems including public sanitation and overpopulation were solved by highly developed technologies.

In Inoshita’s essay, “100 years later” meant 2028. Yes, we are almost there, but we still do have urban parks. Why do parks still exist in the city? How do they function and for whom? Do parks need to be everlasting fixtures in our city fabric? Is there any possibility that parks will be replaced by newly invented urban infrastructures?


 Kiyoshi Inoshita’s Essay

There will no longer be a park in a century after city



Tokyo (any scale, any place)

 Participant Qualifications

  • Students and practitioners of 30 years or under (as of April, 2015)
  • One can submit more than one project, but separate registrations are required per project
  • One may form a group for the entry, but all of the group members’ age must be 30 years or under (as of April, 2015)
  • If you are chosen as one of the finalists, you must attend the final review of the competition held at The University of Tokyo, scheduled on May 22. If you cannot come to Tokyo for the final review, you are expected to have a presentation on Skype.



– All documents should be in English or Japanese

– Please include the following materials/information for your proposal:

  • Concept of the proposal
  • Visual and spatial presentation (drawings, models, photos, maps, etc.)
  • Phasing Scenario(s) from now to 2105



  • Design Narrative – Provide up to 500 words.
  • Design Proposal – Provide up to Two “A1 size” boards (594mm high x 841mm wide, PDF).
  • Please submit your design narrative and design proposal to jila2015competition@epd.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp by 23:59 pm in Tokyo (UTC+9) on May 7, 2015.

*Important note

  • If you submit two boards, their orientation should be consistent.
  • Size of PDF must be 10MB maximum.
  • Name of PDF file must be your “Registration ID #” (ex. A000.pdf)
  • Please include your “Registration ID #” in the e-mail subject line.



  • April 24, 2015 – Online Registrations due
  • May 7, 2015 – Online Submissions due (by 23:59 pm in Tokyo, UTC+9)
  • May 12, 2015 – Finalists announced
  • May 22, 2015 – Final Presentation, Award Ceremony, and Exhibition at The University of Tokyo
  • June, 2015 – Competition results will be published

 Jury Members

Comments from Jury Members are uploaded! 


Jury Members

Kazuhiko Takeuchi Director and Professor, Integrated Research Systems for Sustainability Science, The University of Tokyo; Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University; Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Japan
Shunsaku Miyagi Principal, PLACEMEDIA Landscape Architects Collaborative; Professor, School of Human Life and Environment, Nara Women’s University
Kumiko Inui Founder, Office of Kumiko Inui; Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
Naoto Nakajima Associate Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Eiji Hato Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Miori Baba Commissioner, Minami Boso Republic NPO

Special Jury Member

Charles Waldheim John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design



  • First Prize: JPY 100,000 (awarded to one proposal)
  • Second Prize: JPY 50,000 (awarded to two proposals)
  • Third Prize: JPY 10,000 (awarded to three or four proposals)
  • Special Jury Prize: (awarded by Charles Waldheim)
  • Honorable Mentions: (awarded to proposals from high school students and college students)


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 Reference Materials

The official website of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Environment White Paper 2013 (Tokyo Metropolitan Government)

Population Projections for Japan (National Institute of Population and Social Security Research)



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