of Regional Design with Ecology,
The purpose of our research center is to study methods for true "regeneration
of cities and regions" aiming to open up the "era of environment".
In particular, we set out sights on the regeneration of waterfront
spaces, unfortunately labeled as one of the negative legacies of
the 20th century, despite their valuable histories where rich environments
have been fostered. We revaluate waterfront spaces as an important
pillar for urban and regional planning of the 21st century.
We adopt a unique approach to connect "ecology" and "history" for
the sake of distinctive and sustainable revitalization of regions
and cities in Japan that have lost environmental balances and cultural
identities. This is one of our major characteristics.
Based on the international network among overseas specialists,
we search for solutions to various problems through multidirectional
concepts and methods. For one of our major research subjects, we
selected Tokyo that came to recent international attention. Comparing
Tokyo with other cities in Japan and foreign countries, we will deepen
our understanding of waterfront spaces in Tokyo to propose concrete
ways for their regeneration. In particular, our recent major research
subjects include city core area focusing on historical outer moats
and the west suburban area of Tokyo including Hino where rural landscapes
formed by agricultural activities are well retained.
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