Honeycomb Square, Shizuoka City, Japan

Japan started in the 1990s to implement a decentralized and participative urbanism approach. This approach is adopted at the municipal level through consultations with citizens in designing the urban structure for their living space. Tactical urbanism is an even more recent concept.


The information on this project was compiled by students from the University of Geneva as part of the Urban Futures Workshop (full report).


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The project benchmarked here is the first one of its kind in the prefecture. In Shizuoka city, the street parking spaces had parking meters and functioned as their names indicated it. In march 2020, these parking meters were abolished as they had turned unnecessary due to new commercial facilities in suburbs and hourly parking lots. With the abolition of this system, the road administration created a parklet, to use differently and in a more social-connected way these now empty spaces. There are already established coffee shops, but these are often full and require you to buy something to use their dedicated outdoor spaces, which is not the case with Honey Comb.

The Honey Comb's objective is to create a connected area, dedicated to relaxation and free social use, especially during Covid-19 times. The goals of the modified area were the following:

  • Reduce car-focused street usage
  • Increase social connectivity & mixity
  • Create a public space for relaxation
  • Create a health-wise safe social space.

Date : September 25, 2020 to March 31, 2021

Implementation period: A few months

Time life of the project: On-going

Status of land : Public

Type of place : High density area, car park, street


Stakeholders

  • Road administration of Shizuoka Prefecture
  • General Incorporated Association Sotonova (Citizens)

Target audience

  • Residents passing by
  • Neighbourhood inhabitants

Type of actions

  • Installation: few months
  • Reversible intervention
  • Participative process
  • Temporary changes

Citizen participation

Citizens were active in raising awareness about the project through media platforms and journalism work. However, their participation in the consultancy phase remains unprecise.

Type of intervention

  • Wood adjustable sitting structures were incorporated into the street design. These aimed to increase mixity and connectivity between people through relaxation, working, eating in a common space, while being outdoors
  • Direct and indirect socialisation while following Covid-19 measures

Innovation

  • Designed the 1st parklet installation in the prefecture
  • Offered a social connectivity space during the Covid-19 period.

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Results

There are for the moment no negative externalities, and social connections have increased. The project is part of a social experiment and is the first one in its prefecture, so it is for the moment a success. People use the space how it was designed to be used, and it has not be altered or modified once installed. It may be directly reproduced.


Contact

Sotonoba.place:

A tactical urbanism media platform and lab

054-221-1239

https://sotonoba.place

Resources

Data

  • Type of action : aménagement / équipement
  • State : En cours

Location