MONNAI Lab., Department of Architecture
Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering

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1. Semiotic Study on the Design of Architectural and Urban Space


Architectural and urban spaces have become homogeneous and lost regional and historical meanings, and as the result many meaningful environments and beautiful landscapes have been disappeared under the context of modernization in the 20th century. We investigate the architectural and urban semiotics in order to solve those problems and to design fascinating architectural and urban spaces.

(Examples of research theme)
- Reading and Design of Architectural and Urban Space as a Text
- Design Languages and Shape Grammar for Architectural and Urban Space
- Semiotic Study on Townscapes
- Investigation on Design Principles of the Townscape of Kyoto and its Regeneration


£ Analysis of 3 Dimensional Visibility of Townscape £ Reading of Relation Design of Townscapes





2. Design Methodology of Architectural and Urban Space


We cannot solve the complex and wicked design problems in contemporary society by means of the systematic design methods to solve problems based on technical rationality. Accordingly we focus on the design subjects designing flexibly depending on situations, and investigate the new design methods for the dialogue design processes which make possible to design relations between artifacts and the nature, relations between artifacts, and relations between artifacts and design subjects including users.

(Examples of research theme)
- Explorations on Fundamental Principles of Man-Environment Systems
- Design Process as Sign Processes (generation, degeneration, transformation, combination etc.)
- Semiotic Study on the Role of Metaphor and Abduction in Emergent Processes
- Collaboration by Design and Development of Collaborative Design Environments
- Reading of Works of Art and Performances in Architecture


£ Multi-layers of Man-Environment System
£ Hierarchy of Design Semiosis £ Emergence using Metaphors





3. Study on Behavior and Cognition in Architecture and Urban Environment


People get plenty of information such as form, color, sound, texture, perfume, and movement from environments, and act on environments through own behaviors. We focus on identity and orientation as basic needs for environments and pursue desirable man-environment systems from the viewpoint of human behavior and cognition.

(Examples of research theme)
- Environmental Behaviors such as Territory, Behavior Setting, Prospect-Refuge Theory etc.
- Semiotic Study on Perception, Cognition, Image, Memory, and Spatial Scheme
- Wayfinding in Human Environments and its Computer Simulation
- Affordance Theory of Interaction between Man and Environment


£ Reading of Environment affording Human Behavior (Stay & Flowj £ Semiosis of Man-Environment System in the Riverside of KAMOGAWA, Kyoto





4. System Theory on Design and Evaluation of Human Environment


Human environment as man-environment system is a synthetic system composed of various elements, and a dynamic system including man as an element. We develop many approaches to human environment based on system theory in order to lead this complex system to desirable human environment.
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(Examples of research theme)
- Development of Information System for Design Incorporating Indices to Evaluate Design Qualities
- Semiotic Study on Network of Similarities and Differences, and Interaction of Micro and Macro Elements
- Topological Structure of Architectural and Urban Spaces
- Principles of System Control of Sustainable Human Environment (Public Design etc.)

£ Self-organization and Simulation of Urban Space £ Emergence of Green Landscape made by Town Houses


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£ Model of Urban Governance £ Town Making based on Community Governance