For local revitalization these days, the roles expected of open spaces like parks and urban plazas have become more diverse. They are not only to provide a place for a healthy and active community building but also to serve for the elderly and families with young children as a hub for their recreation, relaxation, and educational opportunities. Furthermore, they are designated to enhance the biodiversity of the surroundings and to be a center for disaster preparedness. Additionally, there are many initiatives aimed at utilizing private sector expertise in the management of parks and urban plazas. To plan for open spaces purposefully, the involvement of residents is undeniably crucial. From the perspective of creating a city and urban planning that resonates with local communities, there is a growing need for involvement various groups and communities.

In the midst of such circumstances, it is increasingly challenging to create spaces that generate value solely through traditional, standardized design approaches. To realize landscape design, neighborhood planning and urban design that contributes to regional revitalization, it is necessary to come up with innovative design processes. Therefore, it is essential to simultaneously think over these three design perspectives:

  1. Design for Activity Programs - Activity planning
  2. Design for Sustainable Systems - System building
  3. Design for Physical Environment - Place making

We take an approach that integrates these three perspectives by fostering team building, and interrelating them in landscape design, neighborhood planning and urban design. Furthermore, it is critical to organize a value chain that binds these three design perspectives over the entire design phases: schematic design, design development, construction documentation, construction administration, and post-completion management.

We believe that it is the key to hold community workshops at each stage and create opportunities to be engaged in future parks, public spaces, and community development activities, while interconnecting the three design processes complementarily. This involvement will ensure that community members gather in the "place" continuously, voluntarily supporting future events and activities to be held in the place and further developments of the neighborhood.

Creating landscapes where people's activities can be seen beautifully


Founder & President, E-DESIGN, Inc. was established by two young landscape architects on the 1st of August 2000.
Representative Directors: Hiroki Kutsuna & Nobutaka Nagahama
1-9-1 Minamisemba, Chuo-ward, Osaka, Osaka, 542-0081, Japan
Phone: 81.6.4964.5151 / Fax: 81.6.4964.5152
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HIROKI KUTSUNA Founder & President, E-DESIGN, Inc.

Expo site design assistant producer, Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai
Advisory committee of Mizbering Project, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Vice chairman, Specified non-profit corporation “Be Creative”
Vice president, Japan Landscape Architect Union

Enthusiastic about community building and development beyond landscape architectural design. His passions are not only toward place making but also helping community and people find values of their place and learn how to be proud of what they have in there. On top of all, he is a loving parent of two beautiful children, and putting all the efforts to create a better place for future generations.

Major awarded projects are Kusatsugawaatochi Park (Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award, 33rd Urban Parks Competition /Excellence Award of Civil Engineering Design Prize, Japan Society of Civil Engineers), Kizu River waterfront promenade "Tokotokodandan" (GOOD DESIGN Gold Award, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award/Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Award), Facility Planning and Management of Enokojima Art, Culture and Creative Center, Osaka Prefecture (Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award, Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities), and City Planning for Water Metropolis Osaka (Ishikawa Award, City Planning Institute of Japan).

NOBUTAKA NAGAHAMA Founder & President, E-DESIGN, Inc.
Professor, Kobe Design University

Producing elegant plazas in an urban setting, traditional gardens in Kyoto, his expertise ranges from extremely modern design to old tradition of Japan. He is also passionate about institutional design research and education as a professor at Kobe Design University. His deep understanding in fine arts and highly sophisticated design approach are continuously to inspire the company design philosophy.

Major awarded projects are Ossuary "Zuikein-Ryomon" (Minato City Green Town Development ACity Award), KOBE Parklet (GOOD DESIGN Award), Habikino Park Cemetery Reminiscent Forest (GOOD DESIGN Award).