See the Final Agenda, Tour Schedules & More: WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 on October 14-16, 2015

September 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Photos and Graphics Courtesy of WGIN Japan

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The World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) is an annual international event organized by country members of WGIN – the World Green Infrastructure Network –  on urban green infrastructure which provides social, environmental and economical benefits through sustainable greening systems such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests, landscape regeneration, wetland renewal and water sensitive urban design practices.

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Aramis and I have been fortunate to be able to attend previous WGIN congresses in Mexico City (2010), Hangzhou (2012), Nantes (2013), and most recently last year in Sydney.  Beautiful Nagoya is the site for 2015 and the organizers hope you will join them!

The agenda and tours information for the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 (WGIC 2015) have been finalized and are available for your perusal!  Organized by WGIN NAGOYA in cooperation with the NPO Sky Front Forum, the upcoming WGIC 2015 will be held in Nagoya on October 14-16, situated in the very center of Japan.  Getting to anywhere in Japan is easy from Nagoya.

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Presented simultaneously translated into both English and Japanese, the three-day 2015 Congress in Nagoya will provide international and national keynote experts presenting on new research, case studies, best practice management, and the latest technologies in this expanding industry.

A wide variety of green site tours including visits to greenroofs and greenwalls will be offered after the WGIC 2015 on October 15 and 16 in the cities of Nagoya, Tokyo, and Osaka, and promise to be both educational and fun.

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Here are the final agendas for the WGIC 2015 – click to download as PDFs:

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  • Opening Ceremony and Keynote Lectures, 14th October
  • Workshops, 15th Octoberwgic2015_postersession
  • Poster Session, 15th Octoberwgic2015_greensitetour_nagoya
  • Green Site Tour at Nagoya, 16th October – includes lunch and will visit: Dai Nagoya Building, JP Tower; Nagoya Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Building; Nagoya Center Building; Nagoya City Science Musium; Hisaya Odori Park, OASIS 21; and “Chikusa-za,” Chikusa Culture Small Theater.wgic2015_greensitetour_tokyo
  • Green Site Tour at Tokyo, 17th October – includes lunch and will visit: “OOTEMORI,” OtemachiTower; Marunouchi Nakadori Gyoko-dori; Marunouchi Park Buidling; ARK Hills; Sengokuyama-tower; Toranomon Hills; and “Granroof,” Tokyo Station City, JR Tokyo Station.wgic2015_greensitetour_osaka
  • Green Site Tour at Osaka, 17th October – includes lunch and will visit: South and North Towers, Grand Front Osaka; “Floating Garden,” “Kibo-no-Kabe” Shin Umeda City; “Midori-no-Terrace,” Osaka Maru Building; “Nakanojima Shiki-no-Oka,” Dai Building; and Namba Parks.

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Since the annual National Green Fair of Japan will be held during the same period as the WGIC 2015, all of the international speakers and attendees will be able to also visit this highly anticipated yearly venue at at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, running concurrent from September 12 to November 8, 2015.

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Visit the WGIC Nagoya 2015 website to learn much more.

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If you haven’t already, don’t miss the August Sky Gardens Post “Come to Japan for the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 on October 14-16, 2015!” by Dr. Hajime Koshimizu, Chairperson of Nagoya WGIN Team, and former Meiji University Professor.  Professor Koshimizu is the leading authority for research and advocacy on urban agriculture in Asia.  Contact him at: info@wgin-nagoya.jp

The Japanese organizing committee is available to assist you and your travel plans.  For additional information about the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015, please contact Sachiko Kikuchi, PhD at: kikuchi927b@gmail.com

~ Linda V.

Come to Japan for the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 on October 14-16, 2015!

August 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm

By Dr. Hajime Koshimizu, Chairperson of Nagoya WGIN Team, and former Meiji University Professor

Photos and Graphics Courtesy of WGIN unless Otherwise Noted

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Organized by the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) NAGOYA in cooperation with the NPO Sky Front Forum, please join us in Japan for the upcoming WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015, held on October 14-16 at the KKR HOTEL NAGOYA. Presentations will be simultaneously translated into both English and Japanese.

The World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) is an annual international event on urban green infrastructure which provides social, environmental and economical benefits through sustainable greening systems such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests, landscape regeneration, wetland renewal and water sensitive urban design practices.

The three-day 2015 Congress in Nagoya will provide international and national keynote experts presenting on new research, case studies, best practice management, and the latest technologies in this expanding industry. The annual national green fair of Japan will be held during the same period in Nagoya city, so international participants will be able to inspect the most advanced greening in Japan in Congress research tours. These events will be hosted with excellent accommodations, catering, and exceptional Japanese hospitality.

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NAGOYA
Nagoya is located at the center of Honshu (the main island of Japan) with a population of 2.24 million. Nagoya has a long history and is the birthplace of three notable fundal lords, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Traditional industries like ceramics and textures as well as key modern industries like automobiles, aviation and machine tools have also developed in Nagoya, and Nagoya plays an important role in Japan’s industrial society. Today, Nagoya continues to draw attention and keeps on developing as a Japanese international city.

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“Higashiyama botanical gardens-01” by KAMUI – I took a picture.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Verdant parks, including Higashiyama Park, which a sprawling zoo and botanical gardens, dot Nagoya from the northwest to southwest. Fujimae Tidal Float, a globally important layover for migratory birds located near the Port of Nagoya, was registered under the Ramsar Convention November 2002. In addition, Nagoya has taken up the philosophies promoted by Expo 2005 Aichi Japan, which was held from March to September 2005, and continues environmental presentation activities with the goal of becoming “Eco-Capital Nagoya.”

Nagoya is situated in the very center of Japan, serving as a terminal for public transportation services. Whether enjoying travel in Central Japan or in the Hokuriku region, Nagoya is incredibly convenient as a gateway. Via the Shinkansen bullet train, Kyoto is about 35 minutes away, Osaka about 55 minutes, and Tokyo about 100 minutes. Getting to anywhere in Japan is easy from Nagoya.

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VENUE
The WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 will be held at the KKR HOTEL Nagoya in the heart of Nagoya located at 1-5-1, Sannomaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan TEL +81 52 201 3326 / FAX +81 52 201 3870. By Train: Meitetsu Line, Central Japan International Airport – Kanayama, about 25 minutes. By Subway: Meijo Line, Kanayama- Shiyakusho, about 10 minutes.

SESSIONS
1. Policy: Programs and Policies to Support Green Roofs and Green Walls
2. Design: Green Roof/ Green Wall Design and Implementation
3. Research: Research/ Technical Papers on Green Roof and Green Wall Performance

THEMES
a. Water Management
b. Economics of Living Green Infrastructure
c. Energy Efficiency
d. Health and Well-Being
e. Technologies and Innovations
f. Plants and Vegetation
g. Design
h. Thermal Environment
i. Biodiversity and Ecosystems
j. Facilities Utilization and Management

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PROGRAM
October 13:
Regular Board Meeting*
*With closed door

October 14:
Registration, Opening Ceremy, and Keynote Lectures

The host cities (Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya city), Relevant ministries (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Ministry of the Environment), Academics, affiliated companies, and the President of the World Green Infrastructure Network.

Among others, Keynotes & Speakers and their presentations include:

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Keynotes & Speakers, Left to Right: Prof. Dr. Manfred Koehler; Makoto Machida; and Francois Lassalle.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Koehler, WGIN President and Vice Dean Faculty LG, University of Applied Sciences, Neubrandenburg, Germany: “Preservation and Improvement of Biodiversity in the Urban Area by Green Roofs and Living Walls”;

Mr. Makoto Machida, Director, Parks, Green Spaces and Landscape Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Toursism: “The Cities with Abundant of Greenery with the Collaborations of the Government, Local Cities and Private-Sector Corporations”;

Mr. Francois Lassalle, Strasbourg, France: “French Green Roof and Wall as Green Infrastructure”;

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Keynotes & Speakers, Left to Right: Prof. Shiro Wakui; Dr. Julain Briz; and Steven W. Peck

Prof. Shiro Wakui, Faculty of Information Environment, Tokyo City University; Vice Professor, Chubu Institute for Advanced Studies, Chubu University; and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Regional Environmental Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture: “Urban Ecosystem Recovery with Green Technology”;

Prof. Dr. Julian Briz, Polytechnic University Madrid and President and Founder of PRONATUR: “Innovation and research in Green Urban Areas”;

Mr. Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities: “Living Architecture, Science and Designing for Improved Human Health.”

Welcome Party

October 15:
Research Presentations and Poster Sessions
Exhibition

October 16: Excursion of green roofs and green walls in Nagoya city, Urban Green Fair in Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park:

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Oasis 21
Oasis 21 serves in part as a bus terminal for city buses and highway buses alike to distant destinations such as Tokyo. The atrium-style Event Square “Galaxy Platform” is surrounded by shops, cafes, and also the tourist information “Oasis 21i Center,” and various events are held in this square around the year.

Nagoya City Science Museum, Planetarium
After renovations in 2011, the world’s biggest planetarium according to the Guinness World Records (January 2013) was opened. Sit back on the reclining seat and look up to a star-filled sky! Also experience the amazing sound effects such as chirping of insects coming from the floor. In the minus 30°C booth (for which numbered tickets are issued on the day of your visit), watch the vision
of an aurora.

Chikusa Culture Small Theater
“Chikusa-za” Greening with Hedera (Ivy) on the wall facing the main road. The drooping type of Hedera canariensis was used on the rooftop. Passionflower and Trumpet Vine was also planted. A rainwater storage tank in the basement of the building was set up for irrigation of the plants. Almost maintenance-free otherwise.

Optional tour of green roofs and green walls in Tokyo or Osaka (October 17) – contact us for additional information!

Concurrent: Urban Greening Fair on 12th September to 8th November, 2015

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Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park
The Urban Greening Fair has been held every year on a rotating basis throughout the country. During the event of the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015, the Urban Greening Fair will also be held in Nagoya. Exhibitions of the latest technologies of green roof and green wall by companies and public organizations will be presented as well as their future, which is the infrastructure of the city green. Indicators of green for the urban environment assessment, biodiversity indicators of urban environment, etc., students and civic society organizations are also participating. We are planning a fun Closing Ceremony of the 2015 Congress in this corner of the venue.

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Visit the WGIC Nagoya 2015 website to learn much more and see photos and more on our Facebook page here.

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We hope you can come to beautiful Nagoya, Japan and share the fun and learning of our WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015, held soon on October 14-16!

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Dr. Hajime Koshimizu, Chairperson of Nagoya WGIN Team, and former Meiji University Professor

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Professor Koshimizu is the leading authority for research and advocacy on urban agriculture in Asia.  Contact him at: info@wgin-nagoya.jp.