|Date:||June 25 - 27, 2014|
|Venue:||Lecture Hall, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) (→ Access)|
|Organizer:||Research Institute for Humanity and Nature|
|Language:||English (simultaneous interpretation provided)|
|Participation:||Contact the address shown in the bottom of this page|
Eighteen cities in the world now have a population of more than ten million people. Most of them are located in developing countries in tropical or temperate zones. These cities have created unprecedentedly intricate patterns of human-environmental interaction, each having massive influence on other cities and on the global environment. The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan, is a home for a wide range of trans-disciplinary projects conducted in order to understand mutual relationships between humans and environments. Among them is the RIHN Megacity Project that began in 2009. Focusing on Jakarta, one of the 18 megacities, this six-year research project has mobilized approximately 100 researchers with diverse fields, including sciences, history and other social sciences and engineering, to identify how to mitigate global environmental problems while improving the quality of local peoples’ lives.
Building upon Megacity Project findings, this symposium brings together prominent scholars from around the world to discuss how large cities can become sustainable. The main theme of this international symposium is the prospect of sustainable Megacity futures, with a focus on intra- and inter-city diversity. This symposium consists of three sessions. Focusing on the causes, conditions, and consequences of the growth and decline of past cities and cultures, the first session aims to identify aspects of urban resilience from a historical perspective. The second session engages in an interdisciplinary discussion on the ways in which cities and non-cities can coexist through various partnerships. Discussion of the third session revolves around the definitions of sustainable cities as well as the question of how to evaluate their sustainability, through which we present future visions of desirable cities.
Our belief is that living wisely in a megacity could become one of the most important dimensions of sustainability in the global environment. Such lifeways are not immediately self-evident, however. They must be discovered based on the wisdom of the past and discussion of urban-rural coexistence. The ultimate goal of the symposium is to work together to find a philosophy for living wisely in megacities, one which will encourage the future prosperity of humanity and its coexistence with the global environment.
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