ICJS Event: Historic Preservation and Urban Community - Lessons from New York and Tokyo

Friday, June 16, 2006
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00p.m.)
The Tokyo American Center, ABC Kaikan 10th Floor, 2-6-3 Shiba Koen, Minato Ku
Free. This event is open to the general public. Simultaneous Bilingual translation provided. Seating is limited; please RSVP to the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS), Temple University, Japan Campus, by June 14th.
Registration closed

How important is Historic Preservation to the quality of a city? How can urban communities save their shared memories enshrined in old buildings in the face of relentless economic pressure to replace old buildings with new ones? These issues will be addressed in a distinguished panel discussion entitled "Historic Preservation and Urban Community: Lessons from New York and Tokyo," to be held at the Tokyo American Center on June 16 from 6 p.m.


Barbaralee Diamonstein- Spielvogel Alex Kerr Yoshihiro Takishita Geeta Mehta

The panel will include Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chairperson of The New York Landmarks Preservation Center, the author of nineteen books, a television host and producer who has been an influential force in historic preservation (http://www.landmarksofnewyork.jp). The panel will also feature Alex Kerr, acclaimed author of "Lost Japan," and "Dogs and Demons," whose work has invigorated a debate on the myopia of Japan's environmental policies, and Yoshihiro Takishita, a professional antiquarian and architect who has been a pioneer in the restoration of Minka farmhouses. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Geeta Mehta, Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies (adjunct) at Temple University, Japan Campus, and a practicing architect who has designed architectural and urban design projects in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and India.

About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.