2012 International Symposium


Dr. Toshio Ojima

Professor Emeritus,Waseda University

Chairman of AIUE


Dr. Yuji Hasemi

Professor Waseda University

Vice chairman
Architectural Institute in Japan

The 9th International Symposium and Scientific Committee of Asia Institute of Urban Environment (AIUE) will be held on November 17-19, 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan. This annual conference will be hosted by National Taipei University , Department of Real Estate and Build Environment. Our goal is to provide a platform for scholars and students from Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan to exchange their ideas and discuss the latest research in urban environment. English will be the official language of the conference.



       Through an experience of supposedly impermissible man-made disaster, Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster in addition to the greatest natural disaster of earthquake and Tsunami caused by the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake, we have learned so many lessons. I’m acutely aware of a mission to figure out countermeasures along with a responsibility to record the efforts as well as to hand down the detail to next generation.

       Prior to the 9th International Conference of AIUE to be operated on November 17-19, 2012 in Taipei, I would like to show my gratitude to the supports from each architectural institute in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan as well as to Prof. Shih-Liang Chan, chairman of Department of Real Estate & Build Environment, National Taipei University and Prof. Rong-Ping Lai, chairman of Architectural Institute of Taiwan also to Prof. Shih-Yeh Wang, chairman of AIUE 2012 executive committee and the other members. Thank you for your dedicated time and energy in operation of this conference.

       Asia Institute of Urban Environment will provide the Taiwanese version of “REBUILDING JAPAN after Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami”, published by AIUE for this Conference as well as plans to free distribute to the participants at the International Symposium on November 17 the day one of the Conference.

       Now that we have learned we should expect unexpected situations too since natural and man-made disasters occurs unexpectedly, it is required for us to consider safety and security first as a daily countermeasure in order to build up sustainable communities. There are measures against disaster considered to be suitable only for big cities as well as those specific only for such regions as local cities and rural farming and fishing district. In particular, various types of city environments are seen in Asia.

       Putting aside such discussions with major themes supposedly taken by a nation or a large academic meeting to the public symposium, I do hope every member to discuss in the member presentation meeting based on his or her words including familiar experiences and experiments, suggestions and proposals to be practiced.

        It is precisely to consider the priority of safety and security while establishing a sustainable community. Let us implement this belief by our own practice. Thank you for your active participation and cooperation. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Taipei.

Toshio Ojima
Asia Institute of Urban Environment

The 9th International Symposium