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Tokyo’s urban design role | The Japan Times Online

When governments and corporations are able to connect with residents' passions and potential for action, Tokyo can become an urban forest with a thriving ecosystem where the health of soil, plants, animals and people are deeply intertwined. In the leap from last century's industrial economy to a sustainable future, Japan is poised for an outsized role on the world stage. By focusing on habitats and culture, Tokyo can become a model for a new balance between people and nature in 21st century urban life.

DESIGN HUB: About Tokyomidtown Design Hub

Taking their opening of offices in the Tokyo Midtown complex as an opportunity, the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, the Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc., and Kyushu University Faculty of Design are embarking on a new activity that underscores their respective features, yet is collaborative at the same time. The conceptual image associated with this collaboration overlaps with that of a wheel that moves Japanese design, ways of life and industry, as well as society as a whole, forward. We therefore named the locus of this activity the Design Hub.

We intend to use this hub as a means of linking Japan and the world, as we go forward in developing the future of design.

Good Design Exhibition 2009 at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub

This year, the Good Design Award has conducted user-conscious screenings "from the viewpoint of near-future citizens," for users are not only the recipients of products and services, but also the ones who have the potential to enhance their values. In addition, Frontier Design Award has been newly established this year, with the purpose of promoting designs that are pregnant with ideas for future lifestyles.

On view at the Good Design Exhibition 2009 are about 80 works, centering on special award-winning pieces honored with the Good Design Gold Prize. This exhibition aims to share with the audience the fascination and possibilities of creative future-oriented design by disseminating each designer's message and important design points that have the power to appeal to our society at large.

Good Design Exhibition 2009 at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub

This year, the Good Design Award has conducted user-conscious screenings "from the viewpoint of near-future citizens," for users are not only the recipients of products and services, but also the ones who have the potential to enhance their values. In addition, Frontier Design Award has been newly established this year, with the purpose of promoting designs that are pregnant with ideas for future lifestyles.

On view at the Good Design Exhibition 2009 are about 80 works, centering on special award-winning pieces honored with the Good Design Gold Prize. This exhibition aims to share with the audience the fascination and possibilities of creative future-oriented design by disseminating each designer's message and important design points that have the power to appeal to our society at large.