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Thursday, October 27, 2011


Venue : PACIFICO Yokohama Conference Center 
監修 : 日経アーキテクチュア

International Conference

Future City Design Conference

New cities envisioned by pioneers in the field, and keys to their realization

Admission fee
5-day pass : Admission to all presentations ・・・ 120,000JPY
The international conference will have English/Chinese/Japanese/ simultaneous interpretation.

Nations across the globe are beginning construction of environmentally aware smart cities and other urban complexes offering improved energy utilization efficiency, but the development of these new cities demands the participation of developers, architects and construction firms in the entire process from drawing up the master plan to building and operating the constituent facilities. These groups have experience in urban development, but how do they approach the construction of new cities such as smart cities? What types of problems are they encountering? The presentation focuses on the current situation, pointing out how Japanese corporations in construction, manufacturing and other sectors can contribute to community development both in Japan and overseas, and what is expected of them. It presents the viewpoints of developers operating in the regions of China and the Middle East where city development is highly active.

  • 10:00~10:50

    Unresolved issues in the realization of the smart city (primarily energy-related)

    Katashi Matsunawa

    The speaker first discusses the conditions that a smart city should fulfill, then discusses smart energy, explaining the probable benefits of smart energy, comparing it to conventional systems, and covering smart energy types, spatial scales and stakeholders, as well the obstacles to the realization of smart energy.

    Lecturer profile:
    Involved in the design of energy-efficient and environment-friendly architecture at Nikken Sekkei since 1970. Assigned to Nikken Sekkei Research Institute 2006 for research on theme of sustainable, low-carbon cities.

  • 10:55~11:45

    Community development in the Middle East

    Nakheel Project Director
    Mitsukazu Nakata

    Following the discovery of oil in the 1960s in a small fishing village in the Middle East, Dubai began construction of port, free-trade zone and airport facilities in the 1970s, and today is the largest center of trade, finance, transportation and tourism in the Middle East. Many have said Dubai is dead following the global depression brought on by the American financial crisis of 2008, but the port, airport and hotels are still bustling. The speaker discusses the change in Dubai over the last 30 years from a fishing village into a modern city, and presents its expectations of Japanese corporations.

    Lecturer profile:
    Born Kanagawa 1949. Graduated Japan University Faculty of Engineering 1973, employed at Sumitomo Mitsui Construction. Served as manager of overseas offices and manager of International Division. Nakheel April 2006.

  • 13:00~13:50

    Designing for Resilient Cities

    Arup Fellow / Director / Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Chris Twinn

    Our understanding of our Planet, and the Natural cycles within which we have to live, is changing rapidly. What we thought was a clear way forward just 2 years ago is now seen to be fragile and not good enough. The common emerging theme is that our built environment needs to be ready for change, and to dramatically reduce its use of resources.
    So how can we:
    • Greatly reduce the materials, systems and their capacity, needed by our buildings?
    • Match finite supply availability against demand profiles?
    • Make ready for inevitable climate change?
    • Harness the ability of human nature to adapt?
    • Better and more quickly learn what works and what does not?
    And how can we pull this all together in Smart Cities ready for the Ecologic Age?

    Lecturer profile:
    Chris Twinn. FRSA HonFRIBA FCIBSE MEI CEng BSC(Hons) Chris graduated from Leeds University in 1979 with an honours degree in Architectural Engineering. He qualified as a Chartered Engineer in 1985. He has deeply involved in the policymaking, masterplanning planning, design and delivery of environmentally aware & sustainability related building projects. Chris expertise includes the delivery of many zero carbon and sustainable projects, including the internationally recognised BedZED project.

  • 13:55~14:45

    The smart city implementation of Mori Building

    Mori Building Co., Ltd. Director
    Yamamoto Kazuhiko

    Lecturer profile:
    Director, executive officer and vice president, Mori Building. Entered Mori Building 1974, appointed director and vice president 2003. Appointed president Mori Urban Planning 2007. Current post June 2011.

  • 15:00~15:50

    Urban development projects in China

    CHINA VANKE CO.,LTD. Chief engineer
    Han Chang Cho

    ①State of urbanization of farming villages in China, demographic change in farming villages and cities, housing shortages, sharp rises in rent
    ②Construction issues: Limitations of conventional construction methods, soaring labor cost, insufficient labor supply
    ③Current state of Chinese housing, and expectations for improvements in energy saving, rainwater reuse, construction quality, and the residential environment
    ④Descriptions of urban development projects, including mass housing projects and multi-purpose complexes
    ⑤Expectations for participation on Japanese corporations in building materials, construction technology, and construction technology management

    Lecturer profile:
    Graduated Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology 1974, employed at Xi’an Institute of Architectural Design (dispatched to Japan for foreign study). Traveled to Japan 1992, employed at International Division, Fujita. Returned to China Nov. 2007, employed at China Vanke.

  • 15:55~16:45

    Smart community implementations after Japan's Tohoku Earthquake

    SHIMIZU CORPORATION Senior Managing Officer
    Hiroshi Tojo

    The speaker proposes smart communities, based on the experiences of Japan’s Tohoku earthquake, combining business continuity planning (BCP) in the event of disasters, and energy-saving operation at other times. The speaker introduces the “redundant grid” concept strengthening energy independence for core disaster response facilities (local government, hospitals, etc.) and energy sharing, and the construction of ultra-environmentally aware construction and the microgrid, though essential for BCP and effective energy-saving operation.

    Lecturer profile:
    Employed primarily in construction engineering, handling diverse projects ranging from traditional structures such as for the Showa Emperor's state funeral and the enthronement of the Emperor of Japan to state-of-the-art industrial complexes like Green Front Sakai.

  • 16:50~17:50

    【Card exchange】

Event content and speakers subject to change without notice.