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LODE_PORT 2017: Japan Summer School on Resilient Land Use Development

The LODE_PORT Summer Academy was established during the European Capital of Culture Year Essen/Ruhr in in 2010 by the Department of urban Design and Land Use Planning together with partner institutions in the Ruhr Region and Japan.

Between 2010 and 2017, three international summer academies have been carried out in The Ruhr Area, another three in Japan. Partners of the network in the Ruhr Area have been the Ruhr Regional Planning Association, the Emschergenossenschaft, as well as a row of cities in the region. During the previous years, partners and co-organizers of the international summer academies in Japan including the student workshops and study excursions so far had been the urban planning-related faculties and urban design land use departments at the Ôsaka University, Kyôto University, Kôbe Design University and the Meiji University. Beyond this, students and university colleagues from the Kwansei Gakuin University, the Ryûgoku University and the Kagawa University took part in and/or supported the workshops.

The LODE_PORT summer academy is dedicated to dealing with regional and urban design and management policy in the context of the physical regeneration of urban and suburban areas with differing dynamics of growth and/or shrinkage, brownfield regeneration and the integration of landscape into the urbanized areas. The approach focuses on new forms of activation for local urban and suburban life within the last three decades. A special emphasis is put on planning tools and the management of post-industrial transformation and its current developments and formats. The students learn about the state of art of the integrative approach to the scientific and analytic background in planning. In includes a governance-based and stakeholder-oriented communicative planning analysis and the creation of related solution oriented settlement development concepts. The language of the summer academy is English.

LODE_PORT 2017: Resilient Land Use Development: Housing, Crafts and Industry in Cultural Landscapes

This year academy was co-organized by the Kyôto University and Kôbe Design University. It included the Kyôto Fushimi Workshop in Kyôto, which took place between 05. and 11. September 2017, followed by a study excursion in Kyôto, Ôsaka, Kôbe, Naoshima, Teshima, Himeji and other areas between 12. and 18. September 2017. Seven students of Spatial Planning from TU Dortmund qualified for participation. The workshop offered a unique chance to German, Japanese and Chinese students to work together with university experts, the local administration and community in Kyôto and Fushimi on a legalization plan for a yet uncoordinated development within the historical surroundings of the city of Kyôto. The settlement area of around 40 ha had been settled for centuries before the new planning law of 1968 drew a line around it and declared it agricultural land, thus making parts of the settlement and its infrastructure illegal. Since then, the area has turned into a typical agglomeration periphery including housing, local craft heritage of sand mining and traditional bamboo graft woods, but also junk dealers or car dealers. It has never been connected to fresh water or sewer infrastructure. The area remained cut apart from the city by a speedway. Due to being situated on a slope, it offers a spectacular view across the Kyôto-Ôsaka agglomeration area. For centuries, it has been a part of several cultural trails. The task was to develop a master plan for the soft conversion of the area towards a sustainable and resilient community included into the greenbelt of one of the oldest cultural landscapes in the world, which at the same time would meet the legal conditions of the current zoning.

The summer academy was followed by an excursion focusing delivering several discursive examples of ‘Planning between Sustainability, Resilience and Reality”. It offered two full day excursions to the historic city of Kyôto, where it focused on the revival strategies of the historic cityscape and its protection by implementation of planning rules. In Ôsaka city, the program emphasized water-oriented urban renaissance projects, as well as the projects of the central government driven Urban Renaissance strategies in the city center. In an excursion block to Ôsaka’s New Towns and suburbs, it addressed housing issues within Japan’s eldest and second largest metropolitan area under the conditions of both growth and decline. A trip to the Inner Japanese Sea area included an insight into complex soft development strategies for peripherized areas. The excursions were supported by meetings with and guidance by local planning academics and practice experts.

The international program is being co-developed together with our Japanese partners and students participating in the academy, by a work in mixed project teams. Participants receive an international participation certificate.

More information: www.LODE_PORT.de