1. The Concept of Mechatronic Urbanization.
Japan, like Italy, is a country with a rich history of extraordinary architectural and aesthetic traditions and sensibilities. In both countries, it has finally been understood that in order to survive, it is imperative to minimize the indiscriminate, physical, chemical, and acoustical pollution of the environment. Furthermore, we must understand that we must contain the natural tendency of cities to expand like oil drops in water, with its inevitable destruction of both historic city centers and the surrounding environment.
In Japan, where the concentration of inhabitants per square mile is double that of Italy, the government has been compelled to investigate new urban solutions that allow humanity, construction and economics to coexist while respecting history, culture and the environment.
If I had the time, I would elaborate on three examples of research conducted on this subject by the Japanese in which I was professionally involved. Instead, I will simply state that in each of the 3 projects, the research aimed to identify the most effective formula to produce an innovative, financially feasible city infrastructure, the realization of which incorporated both modern mechanics and electronics, the automated maintenance of which would be handled exclusively through the use of robots. I realize that these research projects represent first attempts to bring the Urban Science up to date with modern times, but it is important to note that Japan, one of the most developed economies in the world and one of the oldest civilizations on earth, is moving is this direction.