Group of Sustainable Development
Capacity building for dealing with complex urban environmental problems
The Group of Sustainable Development Studies consists of faculty members from different fields of specialization, such as civil engineering, architecture, chemistry, and informatics, to conduct research and education on a wide range of urban environmental issues.
By gaining knowledge about approaches to problems from different disciplines, students will learn to deal with contemporary environmental problems complicated by various factors.
Overview of Units
Carbon Free, Safe, and Smart Society
Cities and national land in the future will be required to achieve a significant reduction in their environmental burden on the earth by promoting decarbonization and resource saving measures. At the same time, they should also respond to major natural disasters which are likely to increase in intensity due to climate change, and population decline and super-aging society which are often observed when an economy matures, so that people can enjoy a stable and affluent life. In this unit, we conduct education and research on technology and system organizations for effectively utilizing land resources, and improving, maintaining, and managing good building and infrastructure stock that will contribute to the realization of cities and national land supporting sustainable development.
Land, Infrastructure and Mobility Design
Our research aims are: to develop a methodology to establish and maintain beautiful urban environments that are both economically and environmentally sustainable; to establish a social infrastructure that ensures comfortable and congenial living, and to develop an evaluation method for the appropriate maintenance/management for this infrastructure; and to develop disaster-resistant urban buildings.
Material and Energy Design
In order to realize sustainable society, the dependence on limited resources should be overcome by promoting effective utilization of unused resources and waste. On the other hand, it is necessary to clean and remediate the environmental pollution of air, soil, and water with high efficiency and at low cost. To achieve these goals, material and energy conversion processes should be optimized by developing new functional materials, imparting them with environmental functions, and controlling the expression of such functions. In this field, we conduct research and education on the design of functional materials and evaluation of their performance.
Environmental System for Stock-type Society
To establish an ideal society with “Sustainability” and “Safety and Security”, we must understand complex environmental problems such as resource use and climate change. Our course focus on methodologies of environmental systems engineering that understands the connection between the natural environment and society: Stock-based society, Decarbonization society, and Sound material cycle society.
Environmental Systems and Planning
Human activities taking place on various spatial and temporal scales (such as cities, countries and the Earth as a whole) cause an enormous amount of resource/energy circulation and have a significant impact on the geosphere environment. With this in mind, we conduct research and education in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between spatial dynamics and environmental problems, such as the spatial relationship between regional economic growth/infrastructure development and resource presence/demand, the real status of urban development and industrial accumulation, and the impact of transportation infrastructure/logistics on regional economic growth/resource consumption. We also study and design the appropriate technological systems needed in order to achieve sustainable land use.
The Academic degree offered at the Group of Sustainable Development Studies are: Doctor of Environmental Studies, Doctor of Engineering, Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Engineering.
About the Department of Environmental Engineering and Architecture
The Department of Environmental Engineering and Architecture consists of two courses, the Group of Sustainable Development and the Architecture Course. We explore technologies and control systems which improve quality of life (Sustainability). In addition, we establish new relationships amongst natural environment, artificial environment, and human environment in the areas of architecture, urban development, and local areas (Safety and Security).