25th Anniversary Special EventUrban Regeneration, Sustainability, and Economic Development: An International Dialogue

Saturday, November 17, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Shinsei Bank Ltd. Headquarters Building. 20F (Access)
The Urban Conference Secretariat

Of the many issues that impact urban regeneration and economic development, those related to environmental sustainability and social inclusion are the longest lasting in their impact, and have been chosen as themes for this conference.

Cities are potential engines of economic growth for their countries, as well as celebrations of collective human hope, imagination and efforts. While cities in the developed world are readjusting to post-industrial economies and shrinking populations at this time in history, cities in the developing world are swelling with rural-urban migrations and squatter areas alongside rising prosperity. At either end of the spectrum, there is pressure for cities to engage in the global economy just as new information and communication technologies make it increasingly easy to do so. Cities now compete for financial investments, multinational companies and talented human resources, all of which that are becoming increasingly mobile across the global stage.

Economic development, however, must be balanced with environmental sustainability, and equitable access to urban resources and opportunities for the rich and poor alike. As urban population exceeds rural population in this decade, cities will also be the arenas where the Millennium Development Goals articulated by the United Nations will be achieved or missed.

This conference seeks to bring together experts from developed as well as developing countries to share strategies and lessons of urban regeneration.

More detailed program description is available below:

Morning Session 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Urban Regeneration, Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development


  • Kirk Patterson, Dean/TUJ
  • Katsuhiko Wakabayashi, Dean/Kokushikan University

Program Overview:

  • Geeta Mehta, AIA,TUJ (Chairperson)

Keynote Speech-1:

  • Fred W. Clarke, FAIA, JIA, Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Keynote Speech-2:

  • Mitsuru Senda, JIA, Architect, President JIA

Panel Discussants:

  • Jun Mitsui, JIA, AIA, President AIA Japan (moderator)
  • Fred W. Clarke, FAIA, JIA, Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
  • Clark Llewellyn, AIA, National Board Director
  • Mitsuru Senda, Architect, President JIA
  • Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Vice President, Mori Building Co. Ltd.

Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Urban Regeneration, Social Inclusivity and Economic Development

Keynote Speech-1:

  • Jockin Arputham, Magsaysay Laureate, India

Keynote Speech-2:

  • Shuji Funo, Professor, Univ. of Shiga Prefecture

Panel Discussants:

  • Geeta Mehta,AIA, TUJ (moderator)
  • Jockin Arputham, Magsaysay Laureate, India
  • Andre Sorensen, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • George Kunihiro, JIA, AIA, Professor, Architect
  • Shuji Funo, Professor, Univ. of Shiga Prefecture

Closing Remarks:

  • John G. Moran, Culture Affairs Officer, US Embassy, Tokyo

Vote of Thanks:

  • Jim Lambiasi, President Elect, AIA Japan Chapter

Cocktail Reception 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.