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Urban Nexus Lab
Various risks have emerged in the 21st century as we face issues such as global warming, aging populations, and deteriorating urban infrastructures. On the other hand, productivity is expected to improve through exponential technological innovation. The Nexus Approach is drawing international attention as a multi-tiered way to consider these issues and possibilities and to resolve problems through co-creation.
The Laboratory representative's research team has kicked off a SUGI-NEXUS project called M-NEX (the Moveable Nexus: Design-led urban food, water, and energy management innovation) in fiscal 2018. SUGI-NEXUS refers to the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative/Food-Water-Energy Nexus under the Belmont Forum. This initiative is an international joint research project across 18 countries around the world and is operated by the Belmont Forum and JPI Urban Europe with the cooperation of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and Innovate UK. Fifteen projects have been selected for funding (http://www.jpi-urbaneurope.eu/).
The Urban Nexus Laboratory's representative represents the international research consortium for the project and will also lead the Japanese team consisting of members from Keio University and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Under rapidly changing circumstances, M-NEX aims to plan and design urban areas and local communities, manage the food (F) -energy (E) -water (W) nexus of cities based on ecological stock and flow systems, and construct a platform that co-creates good health and quality of life for everyone while adopting diverse perspectives from multiple stakeholders at various levels including buildings, neighborhoods, urban areas, and local communities. This will be implemented in six research areas around the world (Tokyo and Yokohama, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, the Great Lakes region in the United States, Qatar, and Australia) and will be rolled out globally.
Industry-academia-government-private sector collaboration is essential as SUGI-NEXUS and M-NEX deal with complex linkages between urban social ecological systems and F-W-E. The SFC is a multidisciplinary campus that excels at leveraging internal and external collaboration to tackle complicated issues. Established with the SUGI-NEXUS/M-NEX project as the axis, the Urban Nexus Laboratory will comprehensively research food, water, and energy in cities, green and grey infrastructures for those purposes, and the resulting effects on health and quality of life. Particular efforts will be made in the following areas:
1) Ways to gather and visualize big data regarding the stock and flow of food/water/energy
Outline of Research Activity Plans (1st Fiscal Year)