Setagaya New City Hall Complex Working Group

576 supporters

    Started 2 petitions

    Petitioning Mayor Nobuto Hosaka

    Petition for a Review of the Rebuilding of Setagaya City Hall Complex

    The rapid spread of the novel corona virus is undermining people’s lives and impacting the global economy. Japan is no exception and the future remains deeply uncertain for all. The City of Setagaya (Setagaya Ward) is Tokyo’s largest constituent with nearly 1,000,000 inhabitants. It has long been discussing whether or not to replace and rebuild the functionally inadequate city hall complex. (This is an historic building dating for the most part from 1959 and designed by Kunio Maekawa, a disciple of the great French Modernist Le Corbusier and mentor of Kenzo Tange, the first internationally known Japanese architect.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunio_Maekawa Despite strident opposition by preservationists, whom the current Mayor Nobuto Hosaka refused to take seriously, a vast and disruptive scheme for destruction and rebuilding was chosen in 2018 by limited competition. Its projected construction period would be roughly six years and the final cost is due to exceed JPY 50 billion (USD 465 million, as of April this year). This is a major undertaking with total floor area 2.2 times greater than the present buildings, overwhelming the quiet residential area in which the complex is situated at the geographical heart of the ward. During the official period for discussion between ward officials and citizens of Setagaya, many residents voiced their concerns over the final plan: the spacious plaza-like courtyard that people now enjoy will be diminished; views will be obscured by higher buildings; and construction will impede traffic and pedestrians for over half a decade. At this point, the virus pandemic broke out, despite which the City of Setagaya is still promoting the project with its unchanged former cost figures and construction deadlines. As people are compelled to switch to working from home, do we still require such gigantic city hall buildings? Going forward, we may see many companies collapse; and numerous people will suffer amidst curfews and business closures. Even when the crisis ends, it’s uncertain whether or not our prior lifestyle can be restored. Will we have to adapt to a new world order with a fresh mindset? Furthermore, the City of Setagaya’s tax revenues will surely decrease while the costs of rebuilding the lives of those hardest hit by the crisis are bound to inflate. Japan’s aging curve and probable depopulation exacerbates the situation, so that this huge project (more than 1 billion yen earmarked annually) will heavily overburden the financial future well into mid-century. We propose: why not suspend this project and review it entirely? It may be best to reexamine risk mitigation provisions, as well as shorten the construction period by imposing a drastic budget cut. PLEASE DO SIGN THIS PETITION (you need not be a resident of Setagaya Ward or even of Tokyo).

    Setagaya New City Hall Complex Working Group
    576 supporters
    Petitioning 保坂展人世田谷区長

    未曾有のコロナ危機! 世田谷区の巨大な本庁舎  計画は本当に大丈夫ですか?

    English version is here      http://chng.it/7mL2DChg 昨年末、中国・武漢に端を発した新型コロナウィルスの感染症は、瞬く間に世界中に広がり、各国の経済活動は麻痺し、経済や暮らしへのダメージが心配されています。この先私達の生活はどうなるのでしょうか? 世田谷区では長年現在の老朽化した本庁舎の建て替えが話し合われて来ました。紆余曲折の末に公開のプロポーザルで設計者が選ばれ、2年前にやっと決まりました。工期は6年3か月、建設費予算446億円、関連費用を入れると500億円を超え現在の庁舎床面積の2.2倍になる大プロジェクトです。新しい庁舎のコンペ案には、区民から狭い敷地での工事の困難さや建物で空が奪われたり、広場が狭くなるなど様々な意見も出ました。 それでも世田谷区は計画通りに進めるつもりでした‥でも‥‥ 今回の新型コロナ危機を契機にテレワークやICT化の潮流が起きているのに庁舎を巨大化することに意味があるのでしょうか。 外出禁止と休業要請で経済も回らなく、これから先多くの企業が倒産して、生活困窮者が激増するかも知れません。そしてコロナ感染が収まっても、当分世界は以前の暮らしに戻れない覚悟も必要です。今までどうりの考え方を変更する時かも知れません。 世田谷区でも人口減少や税収減また新たな救済のための費用は避けられず、 巨大な建物の経費や維持管理費(年10億円以上)は次世代への大きな負担にならないでしょうか。 ただこのまま予定のスケジュールで強行するのでなく、このコロナ危機を契機に考えられる価値観の転換を踏まえて直下地震の到来などの観点からも計画を見直し、あらためて工期の短縮と予算の縮小を検討し見直してほしいのです。 いったん事業が決まってしまうと、何が起きても変更のできない日本の行政!こんな姿勢が今まで膨大な無駄と徒労と環境破壊を引き起こして来ました。状況が変わったら見直す!こうした柔軟で当たり前の公共事業のあり方について、区内に限らず賛同していただける方はご署名下さい。そして広めてください! こうした事例を積み重ねることが、この国の住みやすさにつながると信じます。ご協力をよろしくお願いします。   新しい世田谷区庁舎をよくする会(建築家有志と仲間達)記憶をつなぎ人をつなぐ世田谷区庁舎をのぞむ会(市民有志)  

    Setagaya New City Hall Complex Working Group
    576 supporters