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Name SAITO Kei
Official Title Associate Professor
Affiliation Urban Life Studies
Profile Kei Saito is an Associate Professor at the faculty of urban life studies and has previously lectured in Landscape Architecture at the University Technology Malaysia between 2008-2016. His research has focused on urban environmental planning, on the urban landscape analysis and on the spatial data science. He has worked on the range of research projects including: evidence-based urban design in hot-humid climates region such as south-east Asian cities, urban landscape analysis in a world heritage town, thermal comfort study in newly developed housing area, urban landscape visualization and analysis in downtown area in Tokyo, development of spatial information sharing system using FOSS GIS software. Dr. Saito’s current research involves using spatial information technology to assessing thermal comfort impacts and preservation of historical landscape in a world heritage town aiming at increasing peoples’ walkability from the perspectives on gaining its town value and identity. The research results have been clarified and shared through international conferences and publications in journals.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. (1) Evidence-based urban greenery design

    Currently the urban heat environmental condition is feared to gradually worsen in the future in a world heritage town in hot-humid climates region. By applying a new design that modifies the heat environment by creating organically linked neighborhood green spaces, which encourage pedestrian use, will assist in efforts to conserve and improve the town as a sustainable heritage site. In this research, areas with future greening potential are first extracted based on field surveys and the results of overlaid site appraisals that, by using computer simulations, account for pedestrian thermal comfort, visibility of the historical landscape, and movement.

  2. (2) Improving outdoor thermal environment

    The aim of this study is to investigate thermal condition surrounding terraced houses with greenery patterns in the new developed residential area in hot-humid climates region. A computer microclimate simulation is applied by combining digital spatial data on GIS. The following objective features have been identified through this research: there is almost no temperature changes after modifying a building aspect ratio without additional greening. However after green space added, some contributions for reducing surrounding temperature can be observed. Increasing approximately 11% green coverage ratio make effects of reducing approximately 0.5°Cabove the green spaces and 0.3°C on the surrounding area.

Representative Papers
  1. (1) Developing Climate-Led Landscapes and Greenery in Urban Design: A Case Study at Ipoh, Malaysia, Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering (in print), DOI: 10.1080/13467581.2021.1942881, 2021
  2. (2) Outdoor Thermal Assessment in Urban Design Perspective for Ipoh City Center, Malaysia, pp. 617-632, The 11th Windsor Conference, Windsor-UK, Apr. 2020
  3. (3)Influence of Urban Design on Microclimate in Tropical Historic Urban Canyon: Case Study at Ipoh Old Quarter, Malaysia, The 15th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA), Seoul-South Korea, Aug. 2019
  4. (4) Evidence-based neighborhood greening and concomitant improvement of urban heat environment in the context of a world heritage site - Malacca, Malaysia, Journal of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2017.04.003, 2017
  5. (5) Mapping land use/ cover changes and urbanization at sub-districts of muar, malaysia, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 56, 289-294, 2017, DOI:10.3303/CET1756049, 2017
  6. (6) Conceptual Framework of Ecosystem Service in Landscape Planning, Malaysia, Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp. 142-149, Sep. 2016, DOI: 10.11113/ijbes.v3.n3.137, 2016
  7. (7) Street Geometry Factors Influence Urban Microclimate in Tropical Coastal Cities: A Review, Journal of Environmental and Climate Technologies, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp. 61-75, June, 2016, DOI: 10.1515/rtuect-2016-0006, 2016
  8. (8) An Analytical Approach Toward a Future Neighborhood Green Corridor for Enhancing Walkability in the Context of a World Heritage Site: Malacca, Malaysia, Journal of Sustainable Urbanization and Regeneration, pp. 43-52, Sep., 2015
  9. (9) Quantitative Study of Green Area for Climate Sensitive Terraced Housing Area Design in Malaysia , Earth and Environmental Science 18 DOI:10.1088/1755-1315/18/1/012101, 2014
  10. (10) Quantitative Study on Green Coverage Ratio and Its Effectiveness of Ambient Temperature Reduction in Surrounding Terraced-House - Environmental-Friendly Housing Area Design Methods in Tropic Southeast Asia Part 2 -, Journal of Architecture and Planning, Vol. 78, No. 689, 1561-1567, 2013 (in Japanese)
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) Architectural Institute of Japan (Member)
City Planning Institute of Japan (Member)
Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (Member)
Center for Environmental Information Science (Member)
Japan Society for Interior Studies (Member)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Housing and Environment, Urban Environment, Digital Urban Simulation
Education Field (Graduate level) Advanced Urban Systems