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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Seaside community developed in Yokosuka

October 31, 2007

Umibe New Town is a new seaside community in Yokosuka (Japan) that adheres to street design principles.

Colour guidelines were set to enhance the external appearance of the Town.  The purpose of the colour planning scheme was to:

  • create a community reflecting the splendour of the sea;
  • create a comfortable community in harmony with the natural environment;
  • create diverse and varied scenes as a compound urban centre; and
  • create a unique community surging with cheerful activity.

In commercial/cultural facilities, the base colours are of multi-coloured chromatic hues, with positive accent colours used on the lower portion of buildings.  Boardwalk and paved areas are from natural materials using low-key unobtrusive colours.

In business facilities, upper levels use glass or metallic panels, the colour tone set low to reflect the hues of sky and sea.  The colour tone of the lower levels is based on stone or stone-like colour hues.

In the Umibe residential zone, off-white or sand beige hues are chosen to convey a relaxed, serene atmosphere.  White functions as an accent to give emphasis to the marine atmosphere.

Green or sustainable buildings typically refer to the shift from standard building practices, which are typically guided by short-term economic considerations, to ‘best practices’ emphasizing quality construction, building orientation to make the maximum use of the natural environment, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, conservation of water and other natural resources, and thoughtful planning and design for human productivity and health.  For more information on urban planning in relation to sustainable development principles, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Yokosuka is one of 21 local governments in Japan that are currently Members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Japan, please go to www.iclei.org/japan.

Source:  “Formulation of Community Development Design”, Umibe New Town at www.city.yokosuka.kanagawa.jp.