DIMMER, Christian

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Affiliation

Faculty of International Research and Education, School of International Liberal Studies

Job title

Associate Professor(tenure-track)

Profile

Dr. Christian Dimmer graduated from the interdisciplinary ‘Spatial and Environmental Planning’ program at the Technical University of Kaierslautern/ Germany.

Besides his academic research he has cooperated with architectural firms such as Arata Isozaki and Associates or property developers like Mitsubishi Estate Inc. as urban design consultant on large-scale urban revitatisation schemes in central Tokyo as well as on various new town projects in China. In 2006 he established the architectural and design practice Frontoffice/ Tokyo together with Koen Klinkers, William Galloway, and Erez Golani Solomon.

Christian has earned his PhD from the University of Tokyo with his urban history dissertation ‘[Re]negotiating Public Space: a Historical Critique of Modern Public Space in Metropolitan Japan and its Contemporary Re-valuation’. As a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) post-doctoral research fellow he was affiliated with the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, where he examined the 'Politics and Contestations of Public Space in post-growth metropolitan Japan'. This project was carried out in cooperation with his research host Prof. YOSHIMI Shunya.

Christian has worked as assistant-professor for Urban Design at the University of Tokyo, where he taught post-graduate courses on 'Advanced Urban Studies' as well as 'Dissertation Writing.' He was recently appointed as Associate Professor for Urban Studies at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies, where he teaches courses on 'Transition Design', ‘Global Urbanism,’ 'Politics of Public Space,' as well as ‘Theories of Placemaking and Urban Practice’.

He is co-founder of the charitable, design-led disaster response organisation, Open Architecture Collaborative|Tokyo Chapter, the Alliance of Humanitarian Architecture|Sendai, as well as of the TPF²|Tohoku Planning Forum, which facilitates the exchange of ideas, projects and initiatives for rebuilding resilient, liveable, sustainable communities in the disaster-hit areas of Tohoku in north-eastern Japan.

Specialties: urbanism, urban theory, planning theory, urban governance, new urban commons, public space, civil society, sustainable cities, adaptive cities, resilient cities, citizen participation

Education 【 display / non-display

  • 2008.10
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    2010.09

    The University of Tokyo   Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies   Post-doctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)  

  • 2001.10
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    2008.01

    The University of Tokyo   The Graduate School of Engineering   Doctoral Program  

    Laboratory of Urban Design

  • 1995.10
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    2001.09

    Technical University of Kaiserslautern   Department of Architecture, Spatial and Environmental Planning, Civil Engineering   Spatial and Environmental Planning Program  

    Qualified Engineer (Spatial and Environmental Planning) [Master's equivalent]

Degree 【 display / non-display

  • 2008.01   The University of Tokyo   Ph.D. (Urban Engineering)

  • 2001.10   Technical University of Kaiserslautern   Qualified Engineer in Spatial and Environmental Planning (Diplom-Ingenieur Raum- und Umweltplanung) [Master's equivalent]]

Research Experience 【 display / non-display

  • 2021.10
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    Now

    Waseda University   School of International Liberal Studies   Associate Professor (tenure track)

    community/ governance innovations, new urban commons

  • 2016.04
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    2021.03

    Waseda University   School of International Liberal Studies   Assistant Professor

    renewable energy and community development, new urban commons

  • 2012.04
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    2016.03

    The University of Tokyo   Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Urban Preservation Systems   Assistant Professor

    Research on post-disaster recovery community/ governance innovations, new urban commons, privately owned public spaces (POPS)

  • 2010.10
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    2012.03

    The University of Tokyo   Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Urban Preservation Systems   Specially Appointed Researcher

  • 2008.10
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    2010.09

    The University of Tokyo   Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies   Post-doctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Professional Memberships 【 display / non-display

  • 2016.03
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    Now

    INURA ー International Network for Urban Research and Action

  • 2011.12
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    Now

    Pacific Rim Community Design Network

  • 2010.10
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    Now

    German JSPS Alumni Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft der JSPS-Stipendiaten e.V.)

  • 2010.02
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    Now

    German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung e.V))

  • 1998.01
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    Now

    Japanese Garden Society Kaiserlautern (Japanischer Garten Kaiserslautern e.V.)

 

Research Areas 【 display / non-display

  • Architectural planning and city planning   Civil Society, Community Empowerment, Participatory Design, Urban Commons, Placemaking, Social Design, Transition Design, Contestations of Public Space

Research Interests 【 display / non-display

  • Transition Design, Participatory Placemaking, New Urban Commons, Participatory Governance, Community Design, Community Resilience, Empowerment, Capacity Building

Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Towns in Transition - Regional and Ideological Diversity among Local Climate Protection Projects and Regional Revitalization Efforts in Rural Japan

    Christian Dimmer, Daniel Kremers

    S. Moloney, H. Fünfgeld, M. Granberg (Eds.) Local Action on Climate Change Opportunities and Constraints, Routledge     72 - 91  2019.07  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Tokyo’s modern legacy and the 2020 Olympic Games

    Christian Dimmer, Erez Golani Solomon

    V. Bharne; T. Sandmeier (Eds.) (2019) Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation, Routledge     487 - 500  2019.02  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Miyashita Park, Tokyo: Contested Visions of Public Space in Contemporary Urban Japan

    Christian Dimmer

    Hou, J.; Knierbein, S. (Eds.) (2017) City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy, Routledge     199 - 213  2017.07  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Japan After March 11th 2011: Between Swift Reconstruction and Sustainable Restructuring

    Christian Dimmer

    Rethinking Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in a Time of Change     23 - 40  2017.03  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Authorship:Lead author

    DOI

  • Place-Making Before and After 3.11: The Emergence of Social Design in Post-Disaster, Post-Growth Japan

    Christian Dimmer

    Review of Japanese Culture and Society   28 ( 1 ) 198 - 226  2016.12  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    DOI

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Books and Other Publications 【 display / non-display

  • This is Collective Housing! 12 Years Collective Housing Kankanmori

    Collective House, Kankanmori Residents' Association, Mori no Kaze( Part: Joint editor, Contribution of two chapters and joint editing)

    2014.11 ISBN: 9784810708141

  • Planning for sustainable Asian cities : APSA 11th International Congress - Selected Papers

    Christian Dimmer, Yukio Nishimura( Part: Edit, Selection of best papers, editing of submission, compilation of the volume)

    The University of Tokyo  2012.03

Research Projects 【 display / non-display

  • Mapping Local Climate Protection and Regional Development Projects

    climate action as means to support regional community regeneration

    Project Year :

    2016.01
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    2016.12
     

    Shikibu Oishi, Franz Waldenberger, Christian Dimmer, Daniel Kremers

    Authorship: Coinvestigator(s)

  • Emerging new governance models and community innovations in post-disaster Japan

    urban governance

    Project Year :

    2011.03
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    2016.03
     

    Christian Dimmer, Jan Lindenberg, Renata Piazza, Marieluise Jonas, Hiroko Otsuka, Shunsuke Hirose, Gesa Neuert

    Authorship: Coinvestigator(s)

  • Climate Protection— Chances for Regional and Local Development

    climate action as means to support regional community regeneration

    Project Year :

    2015.01
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    2015.12
     

    Shikibu Oishi, Franz Waldenberger, Christian Dimmer, Daniel Kremers

    Authorship: Coinvestigator(s)

  • Research of integrated preservation planning for scattered Buddhist heritages and their surrounding region

    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)

    Project Year :

    2012.04
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    2015.03
     

    Nishimura Yukio, Kubota Aya, Nagase Setsuji, Kurose Takefumi, Christian Dimmer

    Authorship: Coinvestigator(s)

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    The study clarified following three points mainly by field surveys and literature reviews in Lumbini and its surrounding area including the northern India. 1) The history of Buddhist ruins, 2) the conservation effort and its evaluation through the progress of Kenzo Tange’s master plan in 1970s by United Nations and local regulations such as land-use control and building permission, and 3) the contemporary challenges, which Buddhist ruins have faced. Combining these findings, the study constructed a comprehensive conservation method for the Buddhist ruins and surrounding areas as a conclusion.

  • Inventorising Tokyo’s Privately Owned Public Spaces

    urban design

    Project Year :

    2011.04
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    2013.04
     

    Takefumi Kurose, Christian Dimmer

    Authorship: Coinvestigator(s)

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Syllabus 【 display / non-display

Teaching Experience 【 display / non-display

  • Urban Studies, Transition Design, Place-making Theories and Urban Practices, Public and Private in the City, Urban Studies Methods, Thesis Supervision

    Waseda University, School of International Liberals Studies  

    2021.10
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    Now
     

  • Urban Studies, Transition Design, Place-making Theories and Urban Practices, Public and Private in the City

    Waseda University, School of International Liberal Studies  

    2016.04
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    2021.03
     

  • Urban Design Theories, Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D Thesis Supervision

    The University of Tokyo, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Urban Preservation Systems  

    2012.04
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    2016.03
     

  • Urban Design Theories

    Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies  

    2015.10
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    2016.09
     

  • Urban Commons, Modern Modulations of Public and Private in Urban Japan

    Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts  

    2014.10
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    2016.09
     

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Social Activities 【 display / non-display

  • Alliance for Humanitarian Architecture

    Senior Advisor 

    2016.01
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    Now

  • Open Architecture Collaborative, Tokyo Chapter

    Co-Founder, Co-Director 

    2016.03
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    2018.03

  • Tohoku Planning Forum, TPF2

    Co-Founder, Co-Director  (Tokyo, Ishinomaki, Kesennuma, Rikuzentakata) 

    2011.11
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    2016.12

  • Architecture for Humanity, Tokyo Chapter

    Co-Founder, Co-Director 

    2011.06
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    2016.03

  • Teach 3.11

    Multimedia Editor  Teach 3.11 website 

    2011.03
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    2012.03

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Media Coverage 【 display / non-display

  • Tokio - Die Stadt der Zukunft (Tokyo - The City of the Future)

    TV or radio program

    Author: Other  

    Prounen Film   ARD, Bildingskanal Alpha  

    Germany  

    2121.03

  • Collaborative Happiness: Building the Good Life in Urban Cohousing Communities

    Other

    Kingfisher, Catherine   Collaborative Happiness: Building the Good Life in Urban Cohousing Communities  

    United States of America  

    2021.10

  • Die Technische Universität Kaiserslautern – Das Tor der Wissenschaft nach Japan

    Internet

    Author: Other  

    Wüst, Hanns-Stephan   50 Years Technical University of Kaiserslautern  

    Germany  

    2020.10

  • Community Exchanges between Tokyo and Taipei: Transition Design for Evolving Societies

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Taipei Urban Renewal Office (臺北市都市更新處)   Ways to Community: Collaboration and Placemaking (社區交往:群與眾協作的場所創生) ISBN/ISSN:9789860591750, pp. 272-279  

    Taiwan  

    2019.05

  • Visiting an Urbanist: Thinking about the city from the fieldwork, Tokyo Transitions co-founder Christian DImmer

    Newspaper, magazine

    Author: Other  

    Sugita Mariko   Layout  

    Japan  

    2017.01

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