Project Leader: Yoshinori Yamaoka, Professor, Graduate School of Social
Well-being Studies, Hosei University
citizens and administrative body have developed consciousness of
waterfront environment in Japan, resulting to activate the movements
of waterfront regeneration. Many of them aimed at conserving environment;
such conservation and regeneration activities focused on waterfront,
sometimes have served as the core of cultural identity, helping the
formation of new communities, at the same time providing tourist
and cultural industries based on historical and environmental resources.
All of these factors often lead to re-energize local economies. At
present, various NPO activities have been launched. Industrial cities
that have been suffered from pollutions, such as Kawasaki and Minamata,
are trying to revive as eco cities. Companies are actively seeking
to coexist within local communities to improve their persistence.
It is our emergent task to analyze these situations from a technical standpoint,
and to propose possible paths to achieve regeneration. We will make clear the
effects and socio-economic or cultural meanings of revitalization of waterfront
spaces for urban societies in Japan, from the viewpoints of environmental sociology,
environmental economics and local business, comparing with international cases.
Local Management Project will construct a powerful methodology to achieve waterfront
regeneration that meets current needs.