Urban Thinkers Campus Forum held at the Faculty of Human-Environment Studies

Release date: 2020.02.27



Opening remarks


Kyushu University’s Faculty of Human-Environment Studies coordinated the international event titled “Urban Thinkers Campus Forum,” held at Ito Campus on December 19 and 20, 2019, as a part of The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC).

A model for international platforms and activities to raise public awareness and tackle the issues of Sustainable Development Goal 11—make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable—and an initiative of UN-Habitat, UTCs can be found around the world.

The UTC in Kyushu University is the first in Japan and is coordinated by the Faculty of Human-Environment Studies, an Associate Partner of the World Urban Campaign, as the leading partner.

On the first day of the forum, four themes, "Information and urban design and planning," "Compact small urban centers along transit," "Connecting small urban centers," and "Zero energy buildings," were explored in four parallel workshops. Later, participants joined a field trip to observe urban

Poster session

centers in the vicinity of the JR Chikuhi Line—the rail line running from west Fukuoka to the west side of the neighboring prefecture of Saga.

On the second day, a poster session was devoted to each station on the JR Chikuhi Line, followed by a continuation of the previous day’s four workshops. The research findings of the workshops were presented in the subsequent plenary sessions of the Urban Thinkers Campus Forum. The opening speeches of the forum were delivered by Makato Aratono, the Deputy Director-General of the Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies, and Akihito Ozaki, Dean of the Faculty of Human-Environment Studies. Professor Ananto Yudono of Hasanuddin University delivered the keynote speech of the forum. Finally, Prasanna Divigalpitiya, associate professor of the Faculty of Human-Environment Studies and a member of the Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies Urban Cluster, presented a summary of four themes discussed in workshops and overviewed the activities of UTC.

Makoto Aratono giving his talk

Ananto Yudono giving the keynote speech

About 150 researchers and students participated in the forum, providing the basis for discussions and interaction with international researchers to generate new ideas for and find paths leading to sustainable cities.

Group photo


Prasanna Divigalpitiya, Associate Professor, Faculty of Human-Environment Studies
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