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Translating community-led vision into practice – Applying Yokohama Urban Design Sketchbook in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) and beyond

April 21, 2022

Tokyo, Japan

  • Organized by World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) in collaboration with Inclusive City Knowledge Silo-Breaker (KSB)

    Well-designed urban places and spaces can serve as catalysts for creating vibrant, livable, inclusive, and productive cities. Citizens play a critical role in advocating and helping to make such space more vibrant, accountable, and effective, and contributing to innovative ways of using urban spaces.

    Pioneered by the City of Yokohama, the second-largest city in Japan, the Yokohama Urban Design Sketchbook (YUDS) is a citizen engagement and co-creation methodology for urban design at the neighborhood level. It leverages cross-sectional sketches and drawings to translate citizens’ visions and ideas of urban areas into concrete proposals of urban design. YUDS also fosters interest in urban areas, and it enhances community engagement in broader urban planning and municipal processes. Based on the experience of Yokohama City, the YUDS methodology has been successfully piloted and tested in two distinct urban contexts: in Panama City, Panama, in April 2019, and in Barranquilla, Colombia, in February 2020.

    Against this background, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) has recently published the Yokohama Urban Design Sketchbook which summarizes the YUDS method and lessons from applying the model to developing countries. To commemorate the publication of this guidebook, TDLC organized this event. While looking back on the history of urban development in Yokohama over the past 50 years, the event discussed the achievements and significance of participatory urban design illustrated by YUDS and its applicability in developing countries. It also introduced a cross-sectional sketch–a simple yet powerful tool that may overcome communication barriers and build consensus among participants regardless of their language, age group, or social position.





  • Introduction to the session

    Maitreyi DAS

    Practice Manager, Global Practice of Urban, Resilience and Land, World Bank


    Michiko KADONO

    Consultant, World Bank

    Opening Remarks

    Kazuhiro HOTTA

    Director General, Urban Development Bureau, City of Yokohama

    Presentation: “Yokohama Urban Design Sketchbook and its application”

    Tsuneo NODA

    Architect, Representative Director,  AND150, Inc. (Former Urban Design Specialist, City of Yokohama)


    Haruka MIKI-IMOTO

    Operations Officer, World Bank

    Video Footage: Workshop in Barranquilla, Colombia

    University of Norte (Barranquilla)


    Michiko KADONO

    Consultant, World Bank

    Video Message

    Hideyuki NAKATSU

    Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kanto Gakuin University

    International Discussion: How to Apply Yokohama Urban Sketchbook in LAC and beyond?

    Manuel TRUTE

    Secretary General, School of Architecture and Design of Latin America and the Caribbean (Former Panama City official)

    Ricardo vives GUERRA

    President, Puerta de Oro

    Yoh SASAKI

    Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Waseda University

    Haris E. SANAHUJA

    Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank

    Tsuneo NODA

    Architect, Representative Director,  AND150, Inc. (Former Urban Design Specialist, City of Yokohama)


    Haruka MIKI-IMOTO

    Operations Officer, World Bank


    Yuko ARAI

    Urban Specialist, Inclusive Cities Knowledge Silo Breaker, World Bank


    Michiko KADONO

    Consultant, World Bank

    Closing Remarks

    Victor MULAS

    Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

    *In no particular order. 


  • DATE/TIME: 10:00am – 11:30am (JST) Thursday, April 21, 2022
  • VENUE: Online (Zoom)
  • LANGUAGE: English, Spanish and Japanese (Simultaneous translation available)
  • CONTACT: Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) PR