Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering
Japan is now experiencing a drastic change of paradigm. "Development" is no longer the first priority of our society. Civil engineers and designers are expected to suggest some alternative approaches to keep a balance between the necessary improvement of infrastructure and the precious natural/cultural environment.
However, despite of these major transitions, there is little knowledge in philosophy, technology and methodology that are fundamental for conserving and reproducing the beautiful yet vulnerable landscape of Japan.
The mission of the Environmental Planning and Design Laboratory at Kyushu University is to study how to bring a harmony between civil engineering structures and nature, find a design to reconcile with the local culture, make the citizen's opinions workable in social infrastructure, and find necessary regulations and rules to protect mountains and countries from excessive development in order to preserve, enhance, restore and create the beautiful landscape of ours.
Assoc.Prof. Akihiko Higuchi