How does a startup ecosystem form? Ken Shigematsu of Laguarda. Low Architects joined the conversation with Andrew Kimball and Yuka Tanimoto at City-Tech.Tokyo, one of the largest global events for startups in Japan, to discuss the key elements required in a city to make it attractive for high-tech startups.
Using OCT Bao’an OH BAY and Grandberry Park as examples, Ken discussed how a city can merge private property with the public realm to attract a much more diverse population. He emphasized the importance of creating a center of expression for innovation that requires 4 key elements: Critical Mass, Diversity, Experiment, and Public Space. Ken also discussed how to maintain the local community within new projects, and public space in the center of a mixed-use development. As the lead architect of Nihonbashi redevelopment and Yaesu 1 North, Ken shared his thoughts on designing spaces that engage with the waterfront to make Tokyo a more attractive city.
“City-Tech.Tokyo” is one of the largest global events for startups in Japan. City-Tech.Tokyo’s main themes include infrastructure, environment, living, and culture. It provides opportunities to share knowledge and network for solving urban issues through various programs.