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UNSW Built Environment Research Seminar: Creating a vision of a Universally Designed metropolis: towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games


Professor Satoshi Kose
Professor Emeritus, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
Graduate School of Design, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture



As has been the case with other host cities of the Olympics and Paralympics, Tokyo is trying hard to make the event accessible and enjoyable to all, both visitors and citizens. All cities have their own history, and Tokyo has a physical environment that is far below desirable to accommodate and entertain people of differing abilities, in spite of efforts of around 20 years. Two crucial issues need to be solved in 2020: vast number of users must be served within tight time constraints. Tokyo has already learnt from the International Paralympic Committee Guide (based on the London experience) and formulated its own guide, adding issues where Japan is more advanced plus ICT opportunities. But to what extent the service providers respond to ensure real accessibility and usability is still to be seen.


Professor Satoshi Kose

About the Speaker

Dr Satoshi Kose is a professor of Graduate School of Design, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. He is specialized in the field of building use and safety, human factors, and universal design. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1971, and received his Engineering Doctorate on domestic stair safety in 1986.

Before joining the university, he has been with the Building Research Institute of Japan, where he worked for years to develop dwelling design guidelines toward the ageing society in Japan, and became among the first awardees of the Ron Mace Design for the 21st Century Award in June 2000. He was also given salutation during the Include 2003 Conference in London in March 2003. In 2010, he received an Excellent Paper Award at the International Conference for Universal Design in Hamamatsu.

He served as resource person for JICA/APCD Project on Building Non‐Handicapping Environments in the UN‐ESCAP area between 2000 and 2004.

He has published many papers on designing for the ageing society and universal design, including a chapter in the Universal Design Handbook from McGraw Hill.


Mon 10 Apr 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


University of New South Wales
AGSU Room 2001
Level 2, Red Centre building
West Wing H13


Free Seminar, RSVP by Wednesday 5th April to Rodina Atme


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