Thinking about the future society of regional revitalization from the perspective of smart cities, self-reliance, recycling, and SDGs

According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), 7,538 public elementary, junior high, and senior high schools were closed between 2002 and 2009. Schools are valuable assets for the community and are also symbolic of the community. It is a great loss to the community when such facilities are left idle because there is no need to reuse them within the community, and it also has a negative impact on the safety and environment of the community. In light of this situation, the NPO Aoyama Design Forum (ADF) will hold a total of four seminars on the effective utilization of idle assets and closed school sites, starting on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Date and time of the webinar

Session 1: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 14:00 - 15:00

  • There are many examples of community revitalization using closed school buildings.
  • This session will explore the possibilities of local revitalization in the future society by unraveling these examples. 

Session 2: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 14:00-15:00

  • Clean energy related: Solar power / Biomass power / Others
  • Fuel related: EV fuel / Biofuel / Hydrogen fuel

Session 3: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 (14:00-15:00)

  • Primary industry related: Industrialization of agriculture / Industrialization of fishery
  • Logistics: Drone-related / Courier base / Logistics warehouse

Session 4: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 14:00 - 15:00

  • Manufacturing related: Local production for local consumption / Traditional industries / Others
  • Sports and leisure related: Entertainment / Sports / Culture / Food and beverage

Wataru Ishikawa Profile

Licensed architect. Executive Director of the Aoyama Design Forum, a non-profit organization, and General Manager of the Development Business Division of GARDE Co. ltd. After working on the 2005 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, he joined GARDE. He was in charge of the renovation of Doota in Seoul, Barneys New York in Roppongi and the development of HYUNDAI urban outlet in Korea. He is currently the General Manager of the Development Division, which supports new business development from planning/real estate in Japan and overseas.