(1)A Study on the Continuous Customization of an adaptable housing by KEP System, Kazunobu Minami, Adaptables2006, TU/e, International Conference On Adaptable Building Structures, July,2006,Vol.1, PP.2-101～106
(2)Regeneration of City Space Based on the Continuity of Orders, Kazunobu Minami, Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering，pp.369－373,November 2005.11
(3)Continuity and Regeneration of the Orders in City Space, vol.119, No.1520, pp. 50-53, Journal of Architecture and Building Science, The Architectural Institute of Japan
Through the process of urbanization, large cities in Japan, in particular Tokyo, have seen a reduction in green spaces and the loss of public spaces. We have to realize that our present-day city has lost what we should have inherited and reproduced. This paper proposes the ideal state of urban space and city architecture by observing the historical transformation of the local orders in space based on the idea and method of Open Building. The Open Building method can help in understanding the order of city space.
(4)The Whole Life Cost of Post Offices Based on a Survey of Actual Conditions and Consideration of Investment Correction, Volume 2 Number 4, pp. 382-407, Journal of Facilities Management, Henry Stewart Publications, London
A complete enumerative study was made of the operating and maintenance costs of the 1,255 delivery post offices throughout Japan in 2000 in order to grasp the characteristics of the whole life costs of post office buildings. The operating and maintenance costs of five standard post offices were also monitored for 20 years.
This paper demonstrates how the acquired knowledge of the whole life costs is used for the decision making of the facility investment.
(5)STRUCTURE BORNE SOUND REDUCTION CACE STUDY BY UNDERGROUND VIBRATION ISORATION WALL IN THE CULTURAL COMPLEX FACILITY NEAR RAILROAD, vol. 14, pp. 247-250, Journal of Architecture and Building Science, The Architectural Institute of Japan
This paper reports the development of the underground sound isolation wall which reduces the vibration from outside. The developed form tie which supports the form panel from the cofferdam isolates the structure-borne sound from the ground surrounding the building. This developed technique enabled to build a concert hall next to a heavy traffic railroads.
(6)STRUCTURE-BORNE SOUND REDUCTION CASE STUDY BY UNDERGROUND VIBRATION-ISOLATION WALL IN THE CULTURAL COMPLEX FACILITY NEAR RAILROAD (PART 2), vol. 15, pp. 221-224, Journal of Architecture and Building Science, The Architectural Institute of Japan
We developed a vibration-isolation separator unit for sheathing boards. As a result of the hydraulic and tension test, it was confirmed that this separator unit has an enough cut-off performance against the leak of cement paste, and has enough rigidity and yield strength. We examined that this separator unit shows almost the same vibration - isolation performance as the non-separator method.
(7)A Study of the early open building theory and practices, Dec. 2004, Annual Research Bulletin, Housing Research Foundation
The validity of the open building theory to form built environment was examined through the analysis of the development of its early theory. Information especially about urban tissue was gathered to create an archive of the theory. By analyzing the development process of the open building theory, which initiated in the Netherlands, we find that the theory and method of an open building is effective also for the built environment in Japan.
(8)Building a Sustainable "Relationship between Urban Tissue and Buildings", vol.27, No2, pp. 69-75, Open House International
It has been said that the main reasons for the scrapping of buildings in Japan are not physical or structural factors, but social and economic factors. "Separation of skeletons and infill" is undoubtedly an effective elemental technology for realizing sustainable architecture. However, in order to realize an increase in the life of buildings (skeletons) that are scrapped for social reasons as cities grow, with regard to the relationship between urban tissue and skeletons, it is imperative that more research be undertaken.
(9)The Idea of Open Building: Prof. Habraken's Lectures and Researches, vol.115, No. 1461 pp. 52-55, Journal of Architecture and Building Science, The Architectural Institute of Japan
The Thematic Design course was the product of dissatisfaction with the traditional studio format. The built environment is based on certain "themes" that bring order within variety and connect the work of otherwise independent parties.
Such themes are themselves human artifacts and therefore subject to change and replacement. Thematic Design is the design that effectively employs such themes.
(10)Open Building in the Netherlands- an evaluation, vol. 26, No.4, pp.59-66, Dec. 2001, Open House International
The problem that the mass housing pays little attention to its residents was already pointed out in the early 1960's, and an experimental project of the open building in which the resident participate the design had been built in the Netherlands.
In open housing, not only tenants themselves design the housing but also they can change of the arrangement their house easily. It is the purpose of this investigation to know how the design intention of the original housing was realized.
(11)Research into Repair and Improvement Work of Post Office Buildings by Surveying and Monitoring, vol. 565, pp. 269-275, March 2003, Journal of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Engineering, The Architectural Institute of Japan
This paper analyzes the actual costs of the repair work and the improvement work of which constitute the main portions of life-cycle cost. A complete enumerative study was made of the repair and improvement work costs of the 1,255 delivery post offices throughout Japan in 2000. This paper reports that the accumulative total of the repair and improvement work costs of some buildings tends to become higher than the total of the costs of each year of many buildings in a specific fiscal year, because it reflects the improvement costs required by the change of demands in the years.
(12)Estimation of Whole Life Cost of Post Offices Based on a Survey of Actual Conditions and Consideration of Investment Correction, vol. 565, pp.277-284, March 2003, Journal of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Engineering, The Architectural Institute of Japan
By undertaking an enumeration survey of the operating costs of 1255 general post offices throughout Japan, we were able to grasp the characteristics of the life-cycle costs of post office buildings. After analyzing the relationship between the rebuilding cycle, and rebuilding, repair and improvement costs, by changing the present rebuilding at age 40 to building additions at age 40 and rebuilding at age 60, it became apparent that we could expect a significant reduction in facilities investment costs.
(13)Whole life appraisal of repair and improvement work costs of post office buildings in Japan, Volume 22, number 3, pp. 313-318, Construction Management and Economics, Spon Press, the United Kingdom
A complete enumerative study was made of the repair and improvement work costs of the 1,255 general sorting post offices throughout Japan in 2000.
This paper analyses the 2000 expenditure figures from both the national enumerative survey and the survey of the five post offices being monitored for twenty years after their completion. By changing the present rebuilding at age 40 to building additions at age 40 and rebuilding at age 60, it became apparent that we could expect a significant reduction in facilities investment costs.
(14)EMPIRICAL RESEARCH INTO REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT WORK OF POST OFFICE BUILDINGS AND FUTURE DEMAND FORCASTING WHICH APPLIES CONSTRUCTION OCCURRENCE PROBABILITY, vol. 17, pp. 465-468, Journal of Architecture and Building Science, The Architectural Institute of Japan
A complete enumerative survey was made of the repair and improvement work costs of the 1,255 general sorting post offices throughout Japan in 2000.
The repair and improvement work cost reaches an accumulated total of around 50,000 yen per square meter 20 years after a building is completed.
In order to predict the budget scale, which will be needed in the future, based on the generating characteristic of repair and improvement works, a simulation using the random number based on probability distributions was performed.
(15)Repair and Improvement Work of Post Office Buildings and Reduction of Overall Investment Costs by Lengthening the Life of the Buildings, Vol. 2, no.1, The Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, The Architectural Institute of Japan
This paper analyses the 2000 expenditure figures from both the national enumerative survey and the survey of the five post offices being monitored for twenty years after their completion. The results show that the average annual repair work cost is 665 yen per square meter, and the average annual improvement work cost is 4,231 yen per square meter, which total an average annual cost of 4,896 yen per square meter.
The repair and improvement work cost reaches an accumulated total of around 50,000 yen per square meter 20 years after a building has been completed.
(16)A STUDY OF AUTOMATIC SYSTEM THAT PRODUCE LAYOUT PAT-TERNS OF SECTIONS IN REGIONAL POST OFFICES, vol. 16, pp.329-334, Journal of Architecture and Building Science, The Architectural Institute of Japan, with Kazuya Shakurai et al.
A rapid development of computer technology causes remarkable diffusion of CAD (Computer Aided Design) recently. But in a process of Architectural design, the use of CAD software is limited to presentations of materials or drawings, therefore it is not used as tools for aiding design itself. In this pa-per, we are reporting the process of development of Grid-System that can produce the layout patterns of sections in Regional Post Offices as many as possible.
We made this system intending to use computer as tools for aiding designers' thought.
(17)Castle Towns and Court Yard Houses in West India, pp. 22-27, Indigenous Building Materials and Technology in Ecological Architecture, The Architectural Institute of Japan
The historical castle cities, like Jodhpur in the State of Rajasthan in western India have several common aspects. Those cities were relocated new planned cities by the order of Maharajas, located at best place for transportation, and has extremely high density surrounded by city walls. The city has communities formed according to the caste. The streets have a hierarchical structure. The most significant feature they share is the courtyard where the people spend most of their time for their life.
(18)A Chandelier Consisting of Blue Color LED Units, vol.86, No.3, pp.131-132, Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan, The Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan
A chandelier constructed of LEDs and bubble-filed acrylic sticks create an expression of light-emitting bubbles and deep-sea waves. The challenge for designers was to suspend the sticks vertically, while balancing the uniform wave-shaped design. Light from the blue LEDs is reflected in the bubbles in the deep blue granite walls. Although the chandelier uses 270 light sources; power consumption is only 13 watts. (Awarded the Edwin F. Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design, 2001 by IESNA; Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.)
(19)The Role of Construction in the National Economy: A Comparison of the Fundamental Structure of the US and Japanese Input-Output Tables since World War II, Vol.10 ,No.4, pp. 93-99, HABITATINTL, Pergamon Journals Ltd. Great Britain
The Japanese construction sector purchases a large share of the mining sector's output, and is not a significant supplier of the trade and finance sector suggests low expenditures on maintenance and repair.
The paper addresses the role of construction sector in the national economy of the US and Japan since WWII. The fundamental structure of the Japanese economy increasingly resembles that of the US. The construction sectors of both countries have exhibited marked stability over time. This suggests that the construction sector has reached maturity in both countries.