Tohoku Recovery - Academic competition

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Tohoku Recovery International Academic Competition

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Reports

First Prize Winner
Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, United States)

Second Prize Winner
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geodesy (Sofia, Bulgaria)
"OKONOMI NIHON - Make your Japan" - [PDFファイル/1.3MB]

Third Prize Winner
The University of Queensland School of Architecture (Brisbane, Australia)
"ARCHITECTURE OF RECOVERY" -A framwork for an altternative future- [PDFファイル/1.17MB]

Observer
Toyo University (Tokyo, Japan)
"Lessons Learned and Go Forward" [PDFファイル/1.05MB]

Presentation session was held on February 14

Three winners and Toyo University will present their proposals to the public on Friday, February 14 at Toyo University.

  • Date and Time: February 14, 2014
    Start 13:00 End 16:10
  • Venue: 125 Anniversary Hall, Building No.8 (Seventh Floor)
    Toyo University Hakusan Main Campus
    (5-28-20 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
  • Simulteneous interpretation provided (English-Japanese)
  • Free admission
  • Registration: ml-ppp@toyo.jp or 03-3231-1039

Announcement of winners

We would like to congratulate following universities as winners of the competition:

First Prize Winner
Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, United States)
Second Prize Winner
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Third Prize Winner
The University of Queensland School of Architecture (Brisbane, Australia)

Above schools will visit the devastated area in the Tohoku Region and Tokyo in February to present their proposal to Japanese national/local officials.
Works of all participating universities will become available online on this Webpage in February. We also would like to congratulate all the universities that participated and successfully submitted their proposals for their hard work.

Press Release: Announcement of Winners

Competition Jurors
Dr. Frank Schnidman, Chair (Florida Atlantic University)
Dr. Geoffrey Hamilton (United Nations Economic Council for Europe)
Dr. Khairuddin Abdul Rashid (International Islamic University Malaysia)
Dr. Marek Bryx (Warsaw School of Economics)
Dr. Minquan Liu (Asia Development Bank Institute)
Mr. Art Smith (National Council for PPP)
Mr. Leo McKenna (Revenue Funded Infrastructure Strategic Investment Board)
Prof. Yuji Nemoto (Toyo University)


1. Description
2. Competition Sponsor
3. Language
4. Registration Fee
5. Eligibility
6. Competition Challenge
7. Guiding Principles
8. Policy Directives
9. Awards
10. Timetable
11. How Invited Institutions Apply and Participate
12. Jurors Judging the Competition
13. Competition Submission: Materials
14. Competition Submission: Specifications
15. Disclaimer
16. Intellectual Property
17. Contact Information
18. Useful Links

%h3 1. Description

This is a by-invitation-only academic competition to foster innovative and creative ideas in the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and other new ideas/ techniques for the revitalization of the Tohoku region of Japan. This is the region that was devastated by the tsunami from the Great East Japan Earthquake (magnitude 9.0) at 2:46 pm on Friday March 11, 2011.The earthquake did considerable damage in the region, and the large tsunami it created caused substantial additional damage. The earthquake was centered approximately 81 miles (130 km) offshore from the City of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on the eastern coast of Honshu Island (the largest Japanese island), and was a rare and complex double quake with a severe duration of about 3 minutes. Japan moved a few meters east and the local coastline subsided half a meter. The tsunami inundated about 216 sq. miles (560 sq km) and resulted in over 19,000 deaths, and caused substantial damage to coastal ports and towns, with over a million buildings destroyed or partly collapsed.

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2. Competition Sponsor

The primary competition sponsor is the Toyo University Public Private Partnership (PPP) Graduate School (thereafter Toyo PPP), Tokyo, Japan. The Toyo PPP has a program entitled “Area Revitalization Support Program,” and this Program focuses on the use of PPP to assist local governments implement major redevelopment projects. This Program includes working with the Tohoku Revitalization Committee (organized by the major newspaper in the region, the Kahoku Shimpo in Sendai), and made up of representatives of the six (6) Prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Akita and Yamagata and selected universities in the Tohoku Region. The Tohoku Revitalization Committee has identified a series of “Policy Directives” for the redevelopment of the region. Toyo PPP seeks creative and innovative ways to implement these policy directives as well as other new ideas to help support the physical, social and economic recovery of the Tohoku Region.

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3. Language

English

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4. Registration Fee

None

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5. Eligibility

The Competition is offered to students in the invited graduate school program in the fields of urban/regional development, urban/regional planning, urban design, real estate development, and other related programs. The Competition sponsors recognize the substantial number of qualified academic institutions around the world. The Competition sponsors also realize the difficulty of managing an open submission process, and therefore have elected to rely on the recommendations of members of the Jury to identify institutions to receive invitations to the Competition.

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6. Competition Challenge

This Competition is designed to provide the opportunity for foreign universities to evaluate and suggest creative ways to implement the Policy Directives of the Tohoku Revitalization Committee and come up with new ideas for the revitalization, so that the region can be physically redeveloped and economically revitalized in a truly sustainable manner.

The Tohoku Revitalization Committee has held public meetings, has deliberated and issued its report outlining basic principles for moving forward as well as policy goals that will foster the revitalization of the region. The participants in this Academic Competition have the opportunity to creatively propose implementation tools and techniques to fast-track planning, design, investment, social enhancement, and physical development to fulfill these policy directives in a “smart growth” sustainable manner.

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7. Guiding Principles

The Tohoku Revitalization Committee examined the current status of the region and the physical, economic, intergovernmental, and human challenges and opportunities facing the region’s local governments and the private sector, in addition to the serious concerns for the residents’ health and welfare.

After substantial research and deliberation, the Tohoku Revitalization Committee issued a series of proposed Policy Directives that should guide the redevelopment effort. The Guiding Principles behind each and every Policy Directive are:

1. Restoration. The restoration of the region must be based upon innovative and creative ideas.

2. Coordination. The restoration of the region must be based upon breakthrough efforts to facilitate the cooperation of local governments and neighbors to overcome institutional and cultural barriers to coordination.

3. Sharing. The restoration of the region must be based upon information and experience sharing worldwide, with restoration based upon a globalized view of the possibilities and opportunities for “smart growth” sustainable redevelopment.

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8. Policy Directives

These three Guiding Principles provide the overall framework for the Competition, and the Revitalization Committee’s Policy Directives provide the scope of analysis to be undertaken and the concerns that when addressed, are designed to create a sustainable and safe environment and a high quality of life. The Revitalization Committee’s Policy Directives are:

1. Safety and Tenure. The revitalization of the region should promote redevelopment that is elevated to protect against sea level rise and severe weather incidents, and leasehold and ownership options shall be available to incentivize residents to return to the region.

2. Health and Wellness. The revitalization of the region should promote improvement of the medical treatment options in the area, including the establishment of a medical school at the University of Sendai.

3. Working Together. The revitalization of the region should facilitate cooperation among the public sector and private sector victims of the disaster.

4. Industry. The revitalization of the region should restore the world-class marine products industry, and foster cooperation among the public and private sectors to create new business opportunities in marine and marine-related products.

5. Agriculture. The revitalization of the region should include the return of agricultural enterprise to the Sendai plain with the latest state-of-the-art techniques and technology and should also promote suburban agriculture near large urban areas.

6. Energy. The revitalization of the region should include economic development efforts related to the promotion of recyclable energy, with a focus on incentivizing companies involved with improving and expanding the use of efficient storage battery technology.

7. Pre-Disaster Planning. The revitalization of the region should involve all public and private entities in cooperative efforts to anticipate natural and man-made disasters, plan for them, and undertake cutting edge efforts to show the world how to reduce the exposure to destruction and death.

8. New Regional Projects. The revitalization of the region should include the creation of regional projects like the proposed Sanriku Geopark Plan, which is proposed to serve as a “reconstruction national park.”

9. Solidarity. The revitalization of the region requires the establishment of a new regional agency to foster a close and strong relationship among the region’s stakeholders.

10. Funding. The revitalization of the region requires a dedicated and sustainable source of funding for both public infrastructure and for incentives for economic development projects by the private sector.

11. Transportation. The revitalization of the region requires immediate repair and improvements to the road and rail networks, as well as the airport and seaport transportation and distribution networks.

Toyo PPP especially encourages the participants in this Competition to explore not only the above stated Guiding Principles and Policy Directives but also other innovative new ways to support the recovery of the Tohoku Region.

The responses that Toyo PPP seeks from the competitors are not dreams of what should/could happen, but rather Toyo PPP seeks realistic and implementable approaches toward the sustainable physical, social and economic recovery of the region through the use of PPP. The ability to cite successful examples related to the proposed programs or projects will assist competitors address this Toyo PPP goal.

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9. Awards

An international Jury of redevelopment and PPP experts will review and rank the submissions. The First, Second and Third ranked teams will receive cash prizes and will be invited to send two of their team members to Japan. The trip to Japan will include visits Tokyo and the Tohoku region and the presentation of their Competition submission to a formal meeting with the Kahoku Shinpo and the Tohoku Revitalization Committee. The Kahoku Shinpo News will cover this academic competition with their news coverage.

First Prize
$10,000 cash award, plus 2 team members travel to Japan (Tokyo and Tohoku) for one week.

Second Prize
$ 5,000 cash award, plus 2 team members travel to Japan (Tokyo and Tohoku) for one week.

Third Prize
$ 2,500 cash award, plus 2 team members travel to Japan (Tokyo and Tohoku) for one week.

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10. Timetable

(Proposed, subject to revision by Competition Planning Committee.)

September 2Competition announcement
September 16Deadline for submission of Acceptance Letter from invited Academic Institutions.
November 15Submission deadline for competitors.
(2.5 months competition)
December 20Announce winners and invite them to Japan in February, along with two (2) jurors. This would be three (3) schools, and two (2) students per school.
(5 weeks for the review)
January, 2014Travel and events preparation
(visa issue, airline reservation, hotel reservation, etc.)
February 8 - 15Winning teams visit to Japan for tour of Tohoku/Tokyo and presentations. Press promotion.
February 8Depart home country.
February 9,Arrive in Tokyo. If the travel takes more than 1 day from home country, the departure maybe on February 7 to arrive on Feb. 9 to be ready to travel to Sendai.
February 10 - 12Tour of Sanriku/Tohoku area and Sendai.
February 12Visit to Kahoku Shinpo and Presentation/press interview in Sendai. Return to Tokyo.
February 13 - 14Visit national government offices, political leaders for disaster recovery, etc..
February 14Presentation at Toyo University Main Campus.
February 15Depart Tokyo and arrive in home country.
End of FebruaryCompetition Record placed on the Toyo University web site and Competition Book (including all participations) Published by Toyo University and delivered to the Tohoku Recovery Committee, co-sponsors, and the participants.

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11. How Invited Institutions Apply and Participate

Toyo University will invite the participation of teams from accredited academic institutions recommended by the selected members of the International Jury. Academic teams must be made up of graduate students pursuing a graduate degree while enrolled for the entire period during which this Competition is conducted.

The team must electronically submit a formal Acceptance Letter by September 16, 2013, providing:

  • The name and contact information for the team leader and team members.
  • Degree information on all team members included in a one-page resume for
    each team member.
  • Name and contact information for the team’s faculty advisor.
    Signature on the Letter of Interest of the department head of the sponsoring
    School.

For submission, use this submission check list and registration form.

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12. Jurors Judging the Competition

Chair
Frank Schnidman
Senior Fellow, School of Urban and Regional Planning
Florida Atlantic University

Co-Chair
Geoffrey Hamilton
Chief, PPP Programme, Cooperation and Partnership Section
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Economic Cooperation and Integration Division

Members
Yuji Nemoto
Professor Director, Research Center for PPP at Toyo University

and other professionals

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13. Competition Submission: Materials

The submission by the invited teams may include a written description, pictures, tables, design diagrams, animation, photographs, collage, image composite, etc. The team should determine the type of materials to submit that will best educate and inform the Jury members about the concepts, approach and recommendations of the team.

The materials submitted should at a minimum include:

  • Title of the proposal;
  • Explanation of the Selected Concepts;
  • Explanation of Innovativeness of the Concepts;
  • Name of Instructor, team leader and team members; and
  • Complete contact information for each person.

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14. Competition Submission: Specifications

  • A written documents of no more than 30 pages
  • A Power Point of no more than 20 slides
  • Total digital space cannot exceed 5MB (Is this reasonable?)
  • If submitted, an animation length cannot exceed one (1) minute (AVI or MPG, width 4800x height 36 pixels), and cannot exceed 15MB

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15. Disclaimer

Toyo University and the related sponsors of this Competition recognize that there are many qualified schools and universities that could be invited to participate in this Competition. Simply, the choices are overwhelming.

This Competition is just the first of what Toyo University hopes to repeat in a variety of topics. In this regard, Toyo University is seeking to learn how to effectively and efficiently organize and manage academic competitions. This is the first effort, and limiting the Competition will allow Toyo University to learn how to address the challenges and issues that must be faced, and to provide a quality experience for all those involved.

In order to organize a manageable Competition, Toyo University and the related sponsors have relied upon members of the Jury to recommend appropriate graduate programs to be invited to participate in the Competition. Note that the Jury members could not recommend any institution that would create a conflict of interest because of past or current affiliation.

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16. Intellectual Property

Intellectual property right belongs to the original submitters. However, by submission of the materials, the submitters provide Toyo University, its qualified affiliated organizations, and the Competition sponsors the limited rights to use the concepts submitted and all related materials, provided that appropriate credit is given to the source of the material. Submission of materials also provides rights to the sponsors to use the materials for public relations, marketing and promotion of the event and the winners of the Competition.

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17. Contact Information

Toyo University
Professor in charge: Prof. Sam Tabuchi
Contact person: Yu Namba (Ms.)
e-mail: ml-ppp@toyo.jp

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18. Useful Links (Note: Some links may be outdated)

PPP Possibilities in Recovery by UNISDR, UNECE with Supports by Toyo University
Practical Observations on Possibilities for PPP in Disaster Recovery and Risk Mitigation --Case Study Tsunami, Japan

National Governments

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Prefectural Governments

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Others

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