Students can participate in projects called Independent Studio“ which are the research programs about the new architectural concept based on the topic such as the Japanese society or city in the future. And also it is commissioned by outside parties, including local governments and private developers. Students learn the actual nature of architecture by experiencing projects- such as the planning of a campus or a joint project undertaken with the city of Yokohama-on the site in the real world, carried out under the initiative of a faculty member (i.e. professor, design assistant or associate professor) who is also an architect.


COI research and development projects aim to build a diverse and sustainable city with a good balance of social, environmental and economic aspects.
We also conduct research, development, and social implementation of transportation systems, urban information systems, and spatial designs based on the concept of smart & multi-modal mobility (SMMM).
Y-GSA is playing a part in the COI satellite of Yokohama National University, and is promoting design and research on a new mobility space where the place of movement is also where people live.


“Next-Generation Urban Habitats” Research Unit, Institute of Advanced Sciences

Y-GSAの「次世代居住都市」リサーチ・ユニットは、「人口減少」「少子高齢化」「空き家」といった日本社会が抱える様々な社会課題を見据え、なかでも、産業構造の変化やコミュニティの衰退によって引き起こされる人やモノの関係性の希薄化を「高次の社会リスク」と捉え、「住まい」という包括的な視点からリスクに対応する新しい居住モデルの研究を展開しています。横浜の戸部をケーススタディとして、木造密集市街地における町の更新の方法を考え、コモンズの空間を介した次世代の社会/住環境をかたちづくる居住モデルの提案に取り組んでいます。またベルリン工科大学やスイス連邦工科大学(ETH Zurich)との共同研究を通じて、社会・都市における人とモノの空間の関係性の再構築を目指します。

The research unit of “Next-Generation Urban Habitats” at Y-GSA focuses on various social problems facing Japanese society such as “population decline”, “low birthrate and aging” and “vacant homes”.
Perceiving the weakening of the relationships between people and things caused by changes in industrial structure and the decline of community as a “High-level social risk” the research unit aims to propose a new “residential model”. It will arrive at the model, not by treating diverse risks such as welfare and disaster-prevention separately according to field of specialization, but by treating them comprehensively based on an inclusive point of view, that of “habitat”. Collaborating with international research institutions such as TU Berlin and ETH Zurich, this research unit approaches problems from a global perspective and seeks to construct a new domain considering the spaces of communing within the field of architecture and the city.