The World Bank Urbanscapes Community of Practice

Blog » Technical Deep Dive: Unlocking City Spatial Plans through Transit-Oriented Development & Neighborhood Urban Spaces and Assets

Technical Deep Dive: Unlocking City Spatial Plans through Transit-Oriented Development & Neighborhood Urban Spaces and Assets

Created Jan 18 2019, 4:38 PM by Basak Gunes Basat Unal

January 21-25, 2019, Tokyo and Fukuoka

World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)

Urbanscapes Knowledge Silo Breaker (KSB)

Transit Oriented Development Community of Practice (CoP)

Follow the event on Twitter: 

World Bank TDLC: @TDLCen

World Bank Cities: @WBG_Cities



The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) is organizing a Technical Deep Dive (TDD) on city and spatial planning with a focus on transit-oriented development (TOD) and neighborhood-level urban planning, design and management. This is conducted in collaboration with the World Bank’s Urbanscapes and TOD communities of practice, from January 21 to 25, 2019.

The TDD will provide a platform for knowledge exchange and structured learning on key topics related to city planning and urban spaces leveraging on TOD and people-centered design of public spaces, with a special focus on transit nodes and the surrounding development. The program will provide an opportunity for participants to develop a deeper understanding of good practices in planning cities that foster access to opportunities for all and efficient, green and safe mobility, and in the design and management of urban public spaces. Case studies, knowledge and experience from Japan and other countries will be highlighted as will the experiences of the participating countries. Among others, Japan’s experience with transit-oriented urban development at national and local levels presents a significant opportunity for knowledge sharing and collaborative learning. The TDD will have the opportunity to meet with: (i) city administration and urban planners; (ii) citizen/community groups and associations; and (iii) developers and businesses. The discussion topics include the following:

  • Long-term planning and programming, management and evolution of urban spaces, with a focus on overall city planning and neighborhood urban design – streets, public spaces, buildings.
  • Principles of people-centered urban design, participatory planning and human scale interventions for better livability, safety and city competitiveness.
  • City and corridor level planning for accessibility and efficient, green and safe mobility.
  • Partnering and mobilizing the private sector to provide and maintain quality public spaces and amenities through leveraging of city assets.

Thematic sessions will be organized by considering overall city-level urban and transport planning urban and with a strategic focus on transit-oriented development at a planning level, and managing urban public spaces and development of space around mass transit nodes as a specific example.

Participants will include practitioners and decision makers from World Bank client countries, Task Team Leaders (TTLs) or senior project team members, as well as “Resource Partners” from countries/local governments who could showcase different approaches and experiences related to the TDD topics, including regulatory and executive frameworks for government-owned land management; land value capture, and local government financing — from diagnostic/inventory to implementation. The Resource partners identified include:

  • Urban planning and design: representative from Singapore’s Centre for Livable Cities (CLC) focused on urban planning and design of neighborhoods and TOD.  
  • Inclusive urbanism: representative from Medellin’s Urban Development agency 
  • Urban management and placemaking:  International Society of City and Regional Planners



This TDD will provide an opportunity for World Bank client country delegations to develop a deeper understanding of good practices in:

  • The principles of good city and neighborhood planning and urban design in implementing livable urban spaces connected with transportation
  • Planning a city and its transport network for accessibility and efficient, green and safe mobility
  • Identifying opportunities for city transformation leveraging on its transit network
  • The role of citizen participation in shaping the urban fabric
  • The use of disruptive technology to help design and implement good urban places
  • The role of public and private sector in creating livable and accessible places


Delegations will derive great benefit from: 

  • Cutting edge policy thinking and technical knowledge delivered through engaging learning sessions;
  • Peer learning and networking through experience exchange sessions;
  • Tacit knowledge exchanges through field visits;
  • Opportunity to engage directly with the Japanese academia, municipalities, ministries and the private sector to learn of innovative solutions and to identify areas of further collaboration and knowledge exchange;
  • Potential follow-up support from the World Bank to assist in the successful application of knowledge gained through the TDD, provided through the TDLC program.


TDDs offer an immersive approach to knowledge exchange including workshops, site visits, peer-peer knowledge sharing and action planning, which aims to support development or ongoing implementation of World Bank funded activities and government reforms.  Key characteristics include:


  • "Objective" focused structure: Demand driven and problem-solving orientation, with possible technical assistance, including consultation and expert visit to client nations through City Partnership Program and other programs;
  • Knowledge exchange to foster operations: Knowledge exchange and Just-In-Time-Assistance and potential technical assistance for clients and World Bank Task Teams
  • Structured Learning: Delivery of structured learning for clients and partners such as e-learning courses, and package of selected Knowledge Exchange Instruments before, during, and after the TDD in Japan;
Application to Knowledge Networks: Contribution of relevant inputs to CoPs to support the development of their knowledge assets such as case studies and best practice lessons and to diffuse them to broader community.