Series of Technical Deep Dive (TDD): TDD on Compact but Livable Cities

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

News on this TDD:
Japan’s Toyama City and World Bank Sign Memorandum of Understanding on City Partnership Program

October 30 – November 4, 2016
Toyama Photo

Urbanization is occurring at an unprecedented pace and scale in developing world, and as cities expand without proper regulatory framework and planning, living environments will be degraded, GHG emissions will increase, and cities will be increasingly more vulnerable to disasters. Compact city planning tools can help to support and foster economic growth while addressing these concerns.

The World Bank’s Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), with a collaboration of the Government of Japan will organize a six-day Technical Deep Dive (TDD) on Compact but Livable Cities in Tokyo and Toyama, Japan from October 30 to November 4, 2016. Over 55 participants from 13 countries will gather together to discuss compact cities, explore policy decisions and share examples of successful interventions.

Among countries that experienced rapid urbanization in the history, Japan hosts one of the world’s most advanced policy imperatives on making urban spaces accessible, livable, safe and resilient, and it has successfully demonstrated that life can be comfortable and livable for all, even with high population density. Toyama City, where the site visit of this TDD and Resilience Cities 100 Conference will be held, has been selected as a case study for the model compact city in OECD report on “Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment.” It was also selected as one of the strategic partner cities under TDLC’s City Partnership Program (CPP).

Technical Deep Dives (TDD):
TDDs are an innovative approach to knowledge exchange including workshops, site visits, peer-peer knowledge sharing and action planning for clients in developing countries to deepen their knowledge on specific topics. In general, TDDs facilitate structured learning and provides ongoing support to connect to technical experts and best practices in close collaboration with the World Bank’s Communities of Practice (CoP).


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