the tokyo files: danchi 東京団地萌え

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Danchi glossary & resources

Housing complex / danchi formats:

  • Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) 都市再生機構 / UR都市機構: housing agency providing market-rate apartments
  • 公営住宅 =kōei jūtaku こうえいじゅうたく = ‘public housing’ for low-income residents
  • 都民住宅 = tomin jūtaku = public housing for middle-income residents (source)
  • Ward-managed public housing: 「区営住宅」
  • City-managed public housing: 「市営住宅」
  • 「都営住宅」 “Metropolitan Housing”, aka Toei housing estates 都営住宅団地 Toei jūtaku danchi:  public housing overseen by the Tokyo Metropolitan government
  • JKK東京 / 【東京都住宅供給公社】 / JKK Tokyo = Tokyo Jutaku Kyokyu Kosha (Tokyo Metropolitan Housing Supply Corporation): this is the designated manager of Metropolitan Housing (source); JKK manages a total of approximately 350,000 apartments (source)

Glossary, danchi general:

  • 団地 = danchi だんち = housing complex / housing estate / complex / housing estate / housing development (generally referring to those built by governmental housing agencies)
  • 団地萌え = danchi moe = danchi love / interest

Glossary, danchi synonyms and similar forms:

  • 集合住宅 = shugo jutaku (shūgō jūtaku) = multiple‐dwelling apartment complex / collective housing / apartment houses
  • 舎宅 = shataku = residence
  • 住宅 = jutaku じゅうたく = housing, dwelling, dwelling house, residential building
  • 社宅 = shataku しゃたく =  company / corporate housing (link 1; link 2; link 3)
  • 宿舎 = shukusha しゅくしゃ = dormitory, lodging house, living quarters
  • 公務員 = komuin = civil servant (as in 公務員宿舎 Kōmuin shukusha “civil servant lodging”)
  • 官舎 = kansha かんしゃ = official residence / lodging house for civil servants
  • 合同宿舎 = gōdō shukusha ごうどう しゅくしゃ = joint dormitory / Ministry of Finance civil servants lodging
  • コーシャハイム kosha heim = a JKK apartment “brand”; ハイム is from German ‘heim‘ meaning ‘home’. コーシャ is from the last K in JKK (Twitter)

Glossary, general architectural descriptions:

  • 建築 = kenchiku  けんちく = architecture
  • コンクリートブロック造 = concrete block structure
  • 鉄筋コンクリート造 = reinforced concrete
  • 階建 = story (of a building)
  • 陸屋根タイプ = flat roof type
  • 傾斜屋根タイプ = inclined roof type

Glossary, danchi architectural styles:

  • ポイントハウス = point house
  • スターハウス = star house
  • ボックス型ポイントハウス = box-type point house
  • ダブルスターハウス = double-star house
  • テラスハウス = terrace house
  • テラスハウスタイプ = terrace house type
  • 中層フラット棟 = medium flat building
  • 店舗棟 = store building
  • L字型ポイントハウス = L-shaped point house
  • 高層住棟 = high-rise residential buildings

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