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Wednesday 24 March 2004
The 21st Century Home: Quality of Life in the Urban Environment

Seminar, 6.00pm – 8.00pm 

Contributors: Mr Hirohisa Awano, Professor James Woudhuysen, Baroness Walmsley (chair)

In Britain, the government is planning to construct millions of new homes; in Japan, where the average home lasts only about 25 years, there is a new focus on upgrading and refurbishment of existing buildings. What can the two countries learn from each other about home-building - and what type of homes do people want in the 21st century? Can these homes be constructed and ‘operated’ in ways which minimise the impacts on the environment? These are some of the questions that will be examined in this seminar.

The contributors: 

Hirohisa Awano is Principal Administrator of the Territorial Development Policies and Prospect Division at the OECD Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. During 1991-96 and 1998-2003 he held various posts at what is now the the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. During his time at the Ministry he was involved in a number of reforms, including those to improve building accessibility, the qualification system of architects, building policy and inspection, and the Urban Renewal Law. He was also Director of the Housing Policy Division in Chiba City for two years where he established a long-term strategy for sustainable development. He is currently in charge of the OECD sustainable building and housing project.

Professor James Woudhuysen is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University and a Director of Audacity Ltd, a research company for construction industry professionals. Previously, he was editor of 'Design' magazine, coordinator of postgraduate studies at the Central School of Art & Design and an associate director at the design consultancy, Fitch. He has consulted for a large number of corporations, including BT, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Nokia, Yamaha Motors, Compaq, IBM, Motorola, Oracle, Orange, Sony, Sun Microsystems and Vodafone. He writes for Management Today and IT Week, and broadcasts for Radio 4's You and Yours. His latest book 'Why is Construction So Backward?' (with Ian Abley) was published in January 2004. 

Baroness Walmsley (chair) is Liberal Democrat Home Office Spokesperson in the House of Lords. After graduating in Biology at Liverpool University, she worked in the health service and the secondary school sector. She stood for Parliament in 1992 and 1997 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2000. She is a member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, and the UK committees of UNICEF and ADAPT; a trustee of the Medical Cannabis Research Foundation; and is Patron of the Family Planning Association and the Helena Kennedy Trust. In 2001, she visited Japan with a Parliamentary delegation organised by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. 

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