A major symposium on the shared experience of bringing brownfield sites back into use in England and Japan was recently held at Osaka University. The symposium was held on 10-13 December 2010 and was attended by some 30 invited delegates from academia and practice in both countries.
Delegates at the symposium
front row: Paul Syms (University of Manchester); Hirokazu Abe (Osaka University); Tim Dixon (OISD); Noriko Otsuka (University of Basel)
A key focus of the symposium was the recently completed RICS Education Trust/Kajima Foundation research on 'Cities in Recession: Urban Regeneration in Manchester and Osaka and the Case of Hardcore Brownfield Sites'.
Invited keynote speakers included Professor Tim Dixon of OISD:RELP and Director of OISD, and Professor Paul Syms of the University of Manchester. Others speakers were invited from University of Tokyo, Bukkyo University, Kobe University and Wakayama University. Key themes in the symposium included 'Regeneration and Transport'; 'Sustainable Redevelopment and Planning' and 'Contamination Issues'. The delegates also visited two key regeneration sites in Osaka: Osaka Station North District and Sakishima Cosmo Square District.
Speaking at the conference, Tim Dixon said: 'This symposium builds on the very strong relationship OISD at Oxford Brookes has with Osaka University and Manchester University and we will continue to develop our network with Japanese partners to help foster continuing research ideas based around regeneration. The lessons that we can learn from each other in this respect will help us to solve some of the key problems in bringing contaminated sites back into use'.
Conference website: http://www.comy.cmc.osaka-u.ac.jp/ajsb2010/
News Item Dated:
22nd December 2010
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