Student written Research Laboratory Guidebook 2023Nagaoka University of Technology

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Urban Planning Laboratory

Associate Professor / MATSUKAWA Toshiya

Associate ProfessorMATSUKAWA Toshiya

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  • No development without planning.
  • Sustainable Community
  • Study hard and play hard.


Associate Professor / MATSUKAWA
We are engaging in research under Associate Professor Matsukawa. Dr. Matsukawa is well informed about how to control of development in the outside of Urbanization Promotion Area. In our seminar, we are able to discuss each theme from variety of angles.

Research Content

In Japan, a local city such as Nagaoka has been developed in the suburban area and the rural area. Meanwhile, the local city's central area has declined. Therefore, we study how to vitalize central area and to control land use in suburban area. For instance, we examined the method of designating new City Planning Area in the local city which had never had an effective land use control system. There were the technical and practical problems, so we cooperated with the municipal officers and discussed those problems with them.

The filed work of undergraduate student program (May 2015)

A Day in the Lab

There is not a core time in our laboratory because this is urban "planning" laboratory. We have need to plan and work each theme ourselves.
There are various tasks: reading and sorting related documents, analyzing land use by GIS software, and interview with inhabitants or municipal officers. Students make presentation of own study at weekly meeting. Moreover, we have the joint seminar with other universities every year.
Finally, our slogan is "Study hard and play hard.", so we have a number of events all year round.

The joint seminar with other universities (November 2018)

Thesis Subjects

  • (M)Comparison of Population Density in the Residential Promotion Area as Evaluation Index of Urban Facility Location Plan and the Actual Density Structure in the Urban Area
  • (M)Study on the Transition and Problems of Suburban Housing Estates composing Detached Urbanization Promotion Area
  • (D)Factors of Difference in Population Density of Urbanization Promotion Area from the Standpoint of Area Division Application and Urbanization Process in Local Cities

The number of
PhD Graduates


Major employers of Graduates

  • Niigata Prefecture
  • Joetsu City
  • Ngaoka City
  • Osaka City
  • Takasaki City
  • Fukuda Corporation
  • Oriental Consultants Co., Ltd.
  • Pacific Consultants Co., LTD.
  • Eight-Japan Engineering Consultants Inc.
Writer : Yamanaka Shota, Civil and Environmental Engineering
(Tochigi Prefectural Sano High School)