International Courses in Architecture and Urban Systems, Graduate School of Human Environment Studies, Kyushu University

East Gateway to the Academic City
and Itoshima Peninsula: Sustainable
Design Camp 2020

The sustainable development camp developed urban design schemes and contributed to the dialog of developing vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods around the Ito campus during the last three years.

In the last three years, the sustainable development camp developed three urban design schemes around the new Ito campus. Those design proposals concentrated on developing important infrastructure development to improve the living standards of new communities. While improving the living environment is an important first step in the direction of accommodating research and industrial community newly moved to the area, developing new economic opportunities is also important for the community. Growing economic activities provided an opportunity for the city authorities and the university to concentrate on revitalizing existing urban centers and improving the environment for new economic activities. In the background, the stainable development camp was trying to develop an urban design scheme to improve the economic opportunities and also to discover new venues for urban activities around the Ito campus and new academic city in 2020. With the relocation of city campuses to the Ito Campus, Kyushu University initiated the Kyushu University Academic City development plan to guide the economic social benefits of Kyushu university and to promote a regional knowledge hub. The core of the Kyushu University Academic City development plan covers the entire Itoshima Peninsular, and the secondary area covers the region within a half day’s travel from the Ito campus. This plan also integrates the regional and national plans with the academic city structure of Kyushu University. In the Kyushu University Academic City development plan the study site of the SDC 2020 is vital as the gateway between Fukuoka city and the core area of the Academic city.
Route 202 and JR Chikuhi Line runs along Hakata Bay on the north side of this long urban stretch. And it works as the gateway to the Itoshima Peninsula and suburban resorts. The proposal for these sites needs to utilize natural resources such as Hakata Bay, ObaruCoast, ImazuTidal Flat, Nagatareyama, and Matsubara Pine Coast, and the historical resources such as Genko-borui (a defensive stone wall). The proposal also must consider the local industries and the intellectual resources of the university. And human resources such as students and researchers of Kyushu University are also playing a vital role in shaping the economy of this area.
Students were asked to develop sustainable urban development proposals for the site while respecting the natural and historic context of the site. The proposals should accompany an analysis of the site, its function in the city, and the rationale of the proposal.

ImazuTidal Flat, Nagatareyama, and Matsubara Pine Coast, and the historical resources such as Genko-borui (a defensive stone wall). The proposal also must consider the local industries and the intellectual resources of the university. And human resources such as students and researchers of Kyushu University are also playing a vital role in shaping the economy of this area.
Students were asked to develop sustainable urban development proposals for the site while respecting the natural and historic context of the site. The proposals should accompany an analysis of the site, its function in the city, and the rationale of the proposal.

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